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Nineteenth-century British explorers are lampooned in this reverse travelogue by South African novelist Christopher Hope. A contemporary South African Bushman, David Mungo Booi, chronicles his exploration of the wilds of England en route to meet the queen. Wanting to collect on a promise made by the queen's great-great-grandmother to protect his people, David encounters th ...more
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company
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This was a very strange book. It was brilliant in places with such sharp satire, very much a flip side to the anodyne English character as Kate Fox describes it in Watching the English. You see the cruelty and greed and harshness of not just the English, though specifically oriented to aspects of their national character, but the peoples of all wealthy western nations. You can't help but laugh as you groan at the way in which it is described through the ideas of a very naive aboriginal from the ...more
He studied at universities of Witwatersrand and Natal. He is an author of poems and novels, also published autobiography, biography of Robert Mugabe, dictator of Zimbabwe, and travel book Moscow! Moscow!, which he got prestige PEN Award. Debut novel A Separate Development (1981), satire on apartheid system, forbidden in South Africa, got the David Higham Prize for Fiction.More about Christopher Hope...