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The Café de Move-on Blues
The Café de Move-on Blues

The Café de Move-on Blues

In Search of the New South Africa


336 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.95 (US $21.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781786495235

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (May 2018)
Atlantic Books

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


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 30 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 color 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.


"Ventures deeper and deeper into the theatre of cruelty, enacting a tangled, horrifying dark comedy." —J.M. Coetzee on White Boy Running

"Mocking, angry and beautiful." —Washington Post on White Boy Running

"Kick off your shoes, pour yourself a stiff drink and take your hat off to the elder statesman of southern African words—he's done it again." —Alexandra Fuller on My Mother's Lovers

Author Biography

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.