The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Sarah Baartman

The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Sarah Baartman

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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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Cover

Paperback

Pages

238

Author

Rachel Holmes

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