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The Last King of Scotland
by Giles Foden

"An affecting, chilling historical novel." --New York Magazine

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  • About the Book

    A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

    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.

    "Highly readable, clever, and fluently written." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

    "An admirable . . . ambitious debut." --The New York Times Book Review

    "Genuinely beautiful and disturbing. . . . Its finely observed landscape and precisely rendered historical context form the background to a tale of nearly metaphysical evil, and the power of such evil to seduce the weak." --The Village Voice

    About the Author

    Giles Foden was born in England in 1967 and grew up in Africa. The author of three novels, he works on the books pages of The Guardian. In 1998 he won the Whitbread First Novel Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. In addition to The Last King of Scotland, Giles Foden's Ladysmith and Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure are available in Vintage paperback.

    About the Film

    Academy Award® Winner: Best Actor (Forest Whitaker)
    Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures starring Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney, and Gillian Anderson, and directed by Kevin Macdonald. Opens September 27, 2006 in select cities.



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