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Christopher Hope

(b. 1944)


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(1944– ),

South African‐born poet, short‐story writer, and novelist, educated at the universities of Witwatersrand and Natal, who moved to London in 1975. His first volume of poetry, Cape Drives (1974), evoked the landscapes and racial tensions of South Africa, as does much of his later work. His novels include A Separate Development (1981), the story of a white teenage South African outsider who ends up in jail writing his memoirs; Kruger's Alp (1984), a historical satire about the aftermath of the Boer War; My Chocolate Redeemer (1989), set in France; Serenity House (1992), which deals with the legacy of the Holocaust; Me, the Moon and Elvis Presley (1997), about post‐apartheid problems; and Heaven Forbid (2002), set in South Africa. Other titles include In the Country of the Black Pig (1981, poems), Learning to Fly (1991, short stories), and Travels in Tyranny (2003), a biography of Robert Mugabe.

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