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by Chase-Riboud, Barbara.

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TitleHottentot Venus : a novel
Author / Responsible partyChase-Riboud, Barbara.
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. Baartman, Sarah -- Fiction. Women, Khoikhoi -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult


Sarah Baartman has lost her family in the Dutch and English massacres of 1810 South Africa, and faces certain death by staying. She ends up in London, dancing in a cage and displayed as a primitive oddity. Alice, Sarah's English governess, truly cares for her, but Sarah, initially wanting fame, is essentially a slave - unable to return home, surviving through self-denial and gin, and humiliated even in death. A dramatization of a true story. Some descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language.

Additional Information

System control numberAM13476
Original Print PublisherNew York : Doubleday, 2003.
NarratorPeggy Mahon.
Narrator NamePeggy Mahon.
Participant or performer notePeggy Mahon.
Contains Strong/Coarse languageStrong language
Narrators GenderFemale narrator
Contains Sexual ContentSexual Content
Contains Violent ContentGraphic Violence