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The Cafe de Move-on Blues : In Search of the New South Africa - Christopher Hope

The Cafe de Move-on Blues

In Search of the New South Africa

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2019
ISBN: 9781786490612
Number Of Pages: 336

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From one of South Africa's finest writers comes a powerful exploration of politics, race and population in the post-Apartheid era.

In White Boy Running, Christopher Hope explored how it felt and looked to grow up in a country gripped by an 'absurd, racist insanity'. On a road trip thirty years later, Hope goes in search of today's South Africa; post the evils of apartheid, but also post the dashed hopes and dreams of Mandela, of a future when race and colour would not count. He finds a country still in the grip of a ruling party intent only on caring for itself, to the exclusion of all others; a country where racial divides are deeper than ever.

As the old imperial idols of Cecil Rhodes and Paul Kruger are literally pulled from their pedestals in a mass yearning to destroy the past, Hope ponders the question: what next? Framed as a travelogue, this is a darkly comic, powerful and moving portrait of South Africa - an elegy to a living nation, which is still mad and absurd.

About the Author

Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg in 1944. He is the author of Kruger's Alp, which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction, Serenity House, which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize, as well as My Mother's Lovers and Shooting Angels, which were both published to great acclaim. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Industry Reviews

Hope writes with extraordinary exuberance and invention. * Literary Review *
Marvellously chilling * The Times on 'White Boy Running' *
Breathtaking to the very end * Guardian on 'My Mother's Lovers' *
A brilliant, compelling novel about innocence and betrayal * The Times for 'My Mother's Lovers' *

ISBN: 9781786490612
ISBN-10: 1786490617
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.32

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