179pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (1997) 2018
First published in 1992 in Swedish under the title Utrota varendra jävel.
Sven Lindqvist on the racism inherent in European colonial policy, and its consequences.
Written in the form of a travel diary.
“A book of stunning range and near genius ... The catastrophic consequences of European imperialism are made palpable in the personal progress of the author, a late-twentieth-century pilgrim in Africa. Lindqvist’s astonishing connections across time and cultures, combined with a marvelous economy of prose, leave the reader appalled, reflective, and grateful.” David Levering Lewis, author of W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a race, 1868–1919 and W.E.B. Du Bois: The fight for equality and the American century, 1919-1963
"In spare but powerful prose ... Lindqvist manages to weave together an impressive variety of themes [to] point to the continuity between prejudices and acts separated by continents and centuries." The Washington Post
Swedish writer Sven Lindqvist (1932-2019) was the author of more than thirty books of travel, essay, reportage and autobiography, including The Skull Measurer’s Mistake, A History of Bombing, Terra Nullius, and The Dead Do Not Die.