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The Book of the Heathen

(2000)
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1897. In an isolated station in the Belgian Congo, an Englishman is to be tried for the murder of a native child. Imprisoned in a makeshift jail, Nicholas Frere awaits the arrival of the Company's official investigator while his friend, James Frasier, attempts to discover the circumstances which surround the charge.

The world around them is rapidly changing: the horrors of the Belgian Congo are becoming known and the flow of its once-fabulous wealth is drying up. Unrest flares unstoppably into violence.

Frere's coming trial will seek to determine considerably more than the killing of a child. But at the heart of this conflict is a secret so dark, so unimaginable, that one man must be willingly destroyed by his possession of it, and the other must both sanction and participate in that destruction.

In a narrative of ever-quickening and growing intensity, The Book of the Heathen explores notions of honor, friendship, justice and reason in a world where men have been forced by circumstance to descend into an abyss of savagery and terror. The Book of the Heathen is a stunning novel that truly evokes a Conradian heart of darkness.

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Hardback Editions

November 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of the Heathen: A Novel of the Congo
Author(s): Robert Edric
ISBN: 0-312-28888-3 / 978-0-312-28888-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book Of The Heathen
Author(s): Robert Edric
ISBN: 0-552-99925-3 / 978-0-552-99925-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of the Heathen
Author(s): Robert Edric
ISBN: 1-86230-097-6 / 978-1-86230-097-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Anchor Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of the Heathen: A Novel of the Congo
Author(s): Robert Edric
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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April 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book Of The Heathen
Author(s): Robert Edric
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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