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Gannibal: The Moor of Petersburg Paperback – 6 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861974620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861974624
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,289,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An adventure stuffed full of encounters with history - a ripping good yarn which has the merit of being entirely true. (Financial Times)

A tour de force of historical research and travel writing ... A delightful, fascinating and compelling biography, filled with swashbuckling adventurers, it successfully raises Pushkin's ancestor to his rightful place as one of 18th-century Russia's most astonishing characters. (Simon Sebag Montefiore Sunday Times)

Elegantly written ... Barnes's book takes off into gripping narrative. (New Statesman)

Impressive investigative work and a lively literary imagination makes Gannibal a fascinating read. (Metro London)

Brilliant, stylish, ingenious book. (Guardian)

Barnes has scoured three continents for clues about his often enigmatic subject and in doing so has created a colourful portrait of an outsider who left an indelible mark on his adopted land. (BBC History)

Barnes' exhaustive research and intrepidity has unearthed new evidence dispelling folklore surrounding Gannibal and in doing so has produced the first full study, one that is a fascinating, subtly written and that truly deserves a wide audience. (Irish Examiner)

Barnes is a writer of subtle, powerful gifts ... Gently and with consummate patience, Barnes teases out the life of an extraordinary man from limited sources ... Barnes has travelled far and long to capture his remarkable subject. He then, fittingly, does him justice. (Hugh MacDonald Herald)

A remarkably readable and often moving account. (Donald Rayfield Literary Review)

Not merely the first detailed account in English of this remarkable life, but the fullest in any language. It is a fascinating read ... Barnes not only joins the ranks of those journalists able to give academics a good run for their money, but also shows himself to be a travel writer of distinction ... This biography of the Russian Othello does much to recast our understanding of 18th-century Russian life. (Economist)


From African slave to Russian nobleman, few stories can match that of Adam Petrovich Gannibal, the Tsar's godson and nobleman, Russian Bluebeard, engineer of genius - who began life in an African village.

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2.0 out of 5 starsGannibal is a tedious story
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