South African author Christopher Hope left his home country in 1975 after his work drew fire from the country’s Apartheid regime. His debut novel, A Separate Development, published in 1981, was banned by the then South African government for satirizing the Apartheid system, but then went on to receive the David Higham Memorial Prize. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Hope has earned several more writing awards, including the Thomas Pringle Prize for his book, Cape Drives, and the Whitbread Prize in 1984 for Kruger’s Alp. In 1992, Hope’s other book, Serenity House, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1990. In this interview with Africa Book Club’s Yusuf Serunkuma, the South African writer talks about his long career, discusses his latest book, Shooting Angels (released in 2011), and shares his thoughts on different subjects – from politics to his favourite writers.
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