Cadmus Editions is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of John Hopkins' The South American Diaries, 1972-1973, in February, 2008.
The South American Diaries, 1972-1973 completes the chronicle begun with The Tangier Diaries, 1962-1979, published in 1998 by Cadmus Editions.
Hopkins' diaries for the half-year where he traveled extensively in South America, from Mexico to the end of the continent with Madeleine van Breugel, were not included there and Cadmus Editions is pleased to send forth The South American Diaries, 1972-1973, thus completing publication of his expatriate chronicle of almost two decades.
The South American Diaries was first published by Quai Voltaire in 2005 as Carnets d'Amérique du Sud, 1972-1973, Un Amour imparfait, translated into French by Claude-Nathalie Thomas and Hélène Nunez.
“In order to finish this new novel set in South America I feel I need to go
back there and reacquaint myself with the scene,” John Hopkins noted in his
diary while living in Marrakesh. This he did the following year, 1972-1973, with
Madeleine van Breugel, traveling by train, bus and boat from Mexico to the
center of the continent.
Voluntary exile, traveler, nomad, Hopkins has never been a better writer,
making use of everything that comes his way. He has the marvelous gift of passing
from the tragic to the light-hearted in the same paragraph. Mysterious
encounters, strange places, haphazard adventures, or his imperfect love for his
traveling companion—it is his original outlook, both tender and biting, that
lends a lyrical power to these diaries.
John Hopkins lived for nearly twenty years in Morocco. He now lives in
Oxfordshire, and is the author of numerous books, including Tangier Buzzless Flies,
The Flight of the Pelican, In the Chinese Mountains and The Tangier Diaries.