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Brothers Under The Skin: Travels in Tyranny [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Christopher Hope
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6 Aug 2004

BROTHERS UNDER THE SKIN is an impassioned reflection by prize winning author, Christopher Hope, on the all too familiar traits of tyranny. From Milsovik’s Serbia, to the killing fields of Matabeleland, Christopher Hope reveals the vainglorious essence of tyranny as being the same, regardless of the race, nation or ideology it claims to embody. Bringing his unique experience and dazzling prose style to bare on the subject, he has produced a disturbing, wise, yet amusing text that combines memoir, interview and reportage to reveal the tragic absurdity of one man’s lust for power

“[a] frequently hilarious and sometimes profound reverie. . . his feelings are unerring and his writing beautiful” – Sunday Times

“riveting. . .a fascinating deconstruction. . .Hope never loses his ability to surprise’ – Telegraph

“his record of a car ride with Ian Smith is priceless. . .digging into tyranny is what Hope does best” – The Times

“the author’s passionate commitment to truth and his poet’s prose raise it” – Financial Times

“[it is] superb, telling us more about the anthropology of power than a thousand academic monographs. . .” – Irish Times


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (6 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330412310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412315
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,743,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[a] frequently hilarious and sometimes profound reverie... his feelings are unerring an his writing beautiful" - Sunday Times; "riveting...a fascinating deconstruction...Hope never loses his ability to surprise' - Telegraph; "his record of a car ride with Ian Smith is priceless...digging into tyranny is what Hope does best" - The Times; "the author's passionate commitment to truth and his poet's prose raise it" - Financial Times; "[it is] superb, telling us more about the anthropology of power than a thousand academic monographs..." - Irish Times"

About the Author

Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1944. He is the author of twelve novels including Kruger’s Alp, winner of the Whitbread Novel Award, and the Booker short-listed Serenity House. Hope's non-fiction includes a highly praised memoir, White Boy Running (1988), and a travel book, Moscow! Moscow! (1990), which won a PEN Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers under the skin 20 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I think the book should be a compulsorily study for
all students of history and English. The travels, the observations, the odd metaphor and simile make
for easy reading when the subject is gruesome.
Although the work covers much of European history,
present and past this is used as a mirror to place
Robert Mugabe in perspective

Derek Haldane
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