The Last King of Scotland (Paperback)

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Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, careening down a dirt road in his red Maserati, has run over a cow. When Garrigan tends to Amin, the dictator, in his obsession for all things Scottish, appoints him as his personal physician. And so begins a fateful dalliance with the central African leader whose Emperor Jones-style autocracy would transform into a reign of terror.

In The Last King of Scotland Foden's Amin is as ridiculous as he is abhorrent: a grown man who must be burped like an infant, a self-proclaimed cannibalist who, at the end of his 8 years in power, would be responsible for 300,000 deaths. And as Garrigan awakens to his patient's baroque barbarism--and his own complicity in it--we enter a venturesome meditation on conscience, charisma, and the slow corruption of the human heart. Brilliantly written, comic and profound, The Last King of Scotland announces a major new talent.

About the Author


Giles Foden lives in London.

Praise for The Last King of Scotland…


"Genuinely beautiful and disturbing." --The Village Voice"This decidedly quirky yet absorbing first novel--that brings to mind the diabolical Evelyn Waugh." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details ISBN-10: 0375703314
ISBN-13: 9780375703317
Published: Vintage, 10/26/1999
Pages: 352
Language: English


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