The Cafe de Move-On Blues: In Search of the New South Africa

Author(s): Christopher Hope

Travel Narratives

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.


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General Fields

  • : 9781786495235
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : May 2018
  • : August 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 968.074092
  • : 336
  • : Christopher Hope
  • : Paperback