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Encyclopedia > The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland
Author Giles Foden
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date 1998
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0571195644

The Last King of Scotland is an award-winning novel by journalist Giles Foden. Focusing on the rise of Ugandan President Idi Amin and his reign as dictator from 1971 to 1979, the novel is a fictional memoir of a Scottish doctor in Amin's employ based on impressions of actual events. Image File history File links Lastkingofscotland. ... The Last King of Scotland by author Giles Foden (Faber and Faber 1998) Giles Foden (born in Warwickshire, United Kingdom in 1967) is a British author best known for his award-winning novel The Last King of Scotland (1998). ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Faber and Faber, often abbreviated to Faber, is an independent publishing house in the UK, notable in particular for publishing a great deal of poetry and for its former editor T. S. Eliot. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... For the novel, see The Last King of Scotland. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... For other uses, see Journalist (disambiguation). ... The Last King of Scotland by author Giles Foden (Faber and Faber 1998) Giles Foden (born in Warwickshire, United Kingdom in 1967) is a British author best known for his award-winning novel The Last King of Scotland (1998). ... Idi Amin Dada (mid-1920s[1]–16 August 2003) was an army officer and president of Uganda. ...

Contents

Plot introduction

Published by Faber and Faber in 1998 to critical acclaim, the novel interweaves both historical fact and fiction. Its fictional protagonist, Scotsman Nicholas Garrigan, relates how he came to be the personal physician and confidant of Idi Amin, the president by coup d'etat of Uganda from 1971-1979. The novel focuses on Garrigan's relationship and fascination with Amin, who soon grows into a brutal and ruthless dictator. Garrigan acts repeatedly against his better judgment, remaining in Amin's employment until he is far past the point of easy escape physically or morally. He is gradually drawn into the corruption and paranoia of Amin's rule with disastrous results for those around him. Faber and Faber, often abbreviated to Faber, is an independent publishing house in the UK, notable in particular for publishing a great deal of poetry and for its former editor T. S. Eliot. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... This article is about the country. ... Idi Amin Dada (mid-1920s[1]–16 August 2003) was an army officer and president of Uganda. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... A coup détat, or simply a coup, is the sudden overthrow of a government, usually done by a small group that just replaces the top power figures. ... A dictator is an authoritarian, often totalitarian ruler (e. ...


Drawing on his 20 years living in Africa and his background as a journalist, Foden researched the events surrounding Amin's rise to power and downfall, interviewing many of those who watched and participated in the Ugandan ruler's 8-year reign. The author evokes the form of a memoir by inserting fictional newspaper articles, journal entries, and authentic events. A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... As a literary genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire from the Latin memoria, meaning memory) forms a subclass of autobiography, although it is an older form of writing. ...


During a 1998 interview with the online magazine Boldtype, Foden said he based parts of Garrigan's character on a man named Bob Astles who was an associate of Amin. As a British soldier who worked his way into Amin's favour, Astles was much more "proactive" than Garrigan, according to Foden, but paid the price by spending 6 and a half years in a Ugandan jail after Amin's fall. [1] Bob Astles also more fully compromised himself by his direct association with Amin's security forces. In addition to his jail term after Amin's fall, Astles was also at various times either favored or punished by Amin. He was imprisoned and tortured by Amin's government on at least one occasion. Bob Astles (born 1924), called Lubowa among the Ngo clan, was a former British soldier who lived in Uganda and became an associate of Idi Amin. ...


The title refers to Amin giving himself the title of King of Scotland, among others. The British monarch or Sovereign is the monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and is the source of all executive, judicial and (as the Queen-in-Parliament) legislative power. ...


Awards and nominations

Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are among the oldest and most prestigious book prizes awarded for literature written in the English Language. ... Book of the Year Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters Childrens Book Winner: David Almond, Skellig Shortlist: Robert Swindells, Abomination J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets James Riordan, Sweet Clarinet First Novel Winner: Giles Foden, The Last King of Scotland Shortlist: Gavin Kramer, Shopping Magnus Mills, The... The Betty Trask Award for a first novel given by the Society of Authors to citizens of the Commonwealth under the age of 35. ... The Somerset Maugham Award is a British literary prize given each May by the Society of Authors. ...

Editions in print

  • ISBN 0-571-19564-4 English Faber and Faber 1998 paperback
  • ISBN 0-375-70331-4 English Vintage Books USA 1999 paperback
  • ISBN 0-375-40360-4 English Random House USA Inc 1999 hardcover

References

  • Giles Foden's interview with Boldtype

 
 

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