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The Hottentot Venus : The Life and Death of Sarah Baartman

Holmes, Rachel More by this author...£10.99Out of stock

'A significant and timely book ... Holmes has produced a laceratingly powerful story' Frances Wilson, Literary Review

In 1810 the slave turned showgirl Sarah Baartman, London's most famous curiosity, became its legal cause célèbre. Famed for her exquisite physique - in particular her shapely bottom - she was stared at, stripped, pinched, painted, worshipped and ridiculed. This talented, tragic young South African woman became a symbol of exploitation, colonialism - and defiance.In this scintillating and vividly written book Rachel Holmes traces the full arc of Baartman's extraordinary life for the first time.

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