THE CAFÉ DE MOVE-ON BLUES, in search of the new South Africa

: Hope (C.)

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311pp., map, paperback, Reprint, London, (2018) 2018


Christopher Hope contemplates the position of white South Africans in post-apartheid South Africa.

“This is an account of a journey around South Africa. It is a search for understanding of who ‘we’ are and what we thought we were doing there.” from the author's preface

"Hope is uniquely placed to write about the evolution of South Africa in the last half century. With his writing repeatedly banned, he was hounded into exile in the ’70s but continued to bait the authorities from afar. He now visits the country regularly, clocking the subtle changes that we, who live here, do not see...The Café de Move-on Blues is his apogee, an immensely wise distillation of his thinking and observations over decades and, as has been described, 'an elegy to a living nation, which is still mad and absurd'”. Michele Magwood in the Sunday Times

Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg in 1944. He is the author of nine novels, including Kruger’s Alp, which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction. He has also written a memoir, White Boy Running. He lives in London.