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It is Paris, 1815. An extraordinarily shaped South African girl known as the Hottentot Venus, dressed only in feathers and beads, swings from a crystal chandelier in the duchess of Berry's ballroom. Below her, the audience shouts insults and pornographic obscenities. Among these spectators is Napoleon's physician and the most famous naturalist in Europe, the Baron George Cuvier, whose encounter with her will inspire a theory of race that will change European science forever.

Evoking the grand tradition of such "monster" tales as Frankensteinand The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Barbara Chase Riboud, prize-winning author of the classic Sally Hemings, again gives voice to an "invisible" of history. In this powerful saga, Sarah Baartman, for more than 200 years known only as the mysterious lady in the glass cage, comes vividly and unforgettably to life.

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Hardback Editions

November 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hottentot Venus: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
ISBN: 0-385-50856-5 / 978-0-385-50856-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

November 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hottentot Venus: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
ISBN: 1-4000-3208-3 / 978-1-4000-3208-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Audio Editions

August 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hottentot Venus
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hottentot Venus
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hottentot Venus
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
ISBN: 1-4025-9019-9 / 978-1-4025-9019-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Hottentot Venus
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
ISBN: 1-4025-9016-4 / 978-1-4025-9016-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Hottentot Venus
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
ISBN: 1-4025-9018-0 / 978-1-4025-9018-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hottentot Venus: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Chase-Riboud
Publisher: Anchor
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