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Damon Galgut

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Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1963. A previous novel, The Good Doctor, was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the commonwealth Writer's Prize. His new book, In a Strange Room, has been shortlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize. He lives in Capetown.

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The U.S. publication date of Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room has been set for October 15. The novel is one of six titles shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award.
The Paris Review, BBC and The Irish Times all featured interviews with Damon Galgut, whose novel In a Strange Room was a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, the UK's most prestigious literary award.
Damon Galgut will be in New York City and Miami next week promoting his novel In a Strange Room, a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Join us in New York for two evenings of books, wine and conversation...
Click here to listen to Damon Galgut discuss his Booker shortlisted novel In a Strange Room on The Leonard Lopate Show.

Latest reviews

  • This book is a fictional exploration of the life of one of Britain's finest novelists. It illuminates E M Forster's life in a way that makes you feel on intimate terms with Forster, knowing his thoughts and needs as keenly as your own. “Arctic Summer” is in fact the name...
    — Aug 29 2015
  • — Aug 25 2015
  • Listen to it here.
    — Jun 30 2015
  • — Jun 27 2015
  • About Arctic Summer In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India. On board is Morgan Forster, novelist and man of letters, who is embarking on a journey of discovery. As Morgan stands on deck, the promise of a strange new future begins to take shape before his eyes. The seeds...
    — Jun 16 2015
  • I must be drawn to stories where plot is secondary to the emotions explored by the film maker or, in this case, the writer for here is a novel about longing and wanting to connect. Damon Galgut has taken a real figure and written a story that shows how a person is affected when...
    — Jun 9 2015
  • WHEN: I try to get going early, on the assumption that the way you begin your day is the way you continue. But certain books only want to be written at night, so there’s no hard rule where work is concerned. HOW: I work by hand, with a fountain pen, in bound notebooks...
    — Jun 6 2015
  • Arctic Summer is the title of an unfinished novel by E. M. Forster about the tension between marriage and friendship that results when a married man develops a close relationship with a male friend. One can only imagine what Forster would have done with such a theme. Damon Galgut...
    — May 7 2015
  • “Have you any idea,” John Cleese asks Jamie Lee Curtis in “A Fish Called Wanda,” “what it’s like being English?” He laments the rigidity, the inevitable embarrassment, the threat inherent in opening one’s mouth to reveal something authentic. Cleese plays his anguish...
    — Mar 27 2015
  • Arctic Summer review – a skilful reimagining of EM Forster’s life Damon Galgut reveals his affinity with loners in this compelling fictionalised biography of the A Passage to India author Justin Cartwright Damon Galgut, the South African writer, has been...
    — Jan 18 2015
  • Arctic Summer, by Damon Galgut (Europa). This biographical novel traces the life of E. M. Forster as he writes “A Passage to India,” his last published novel, and works inconclusively on “Maurice,” a novel of homosexual love that he never dared publish. Forster yearns...
    — Dec 22 2014
  • Has any major novelist had a career as lopsided as E. M. Forster’s? Between 1905 and 1910, the year that his masterful study of manners “Howards End” became a best-seller, Forster—who was known to friends as Morgan—produced four highly successful novels and was acclaimed...
    — Oct 6 2014
  • The highly metaphorical title of Damon Galgut’s new novel refers to a project begun and abandoned by E.M. Forster immediately after the publication of “Howard’s End” in 1910: a time of outward serenity in its author’s life but one that turns out to have seethed with...
    — Oct 3 2014
  • The term “literary historical fiction” might be used for noncommercial novels set in the past and full of thoughtful allegorical implication. Or one could employ it for a highly specific subgenre, that portion of “fictional biography” consisting of novels about real-life...
    — Sep 26 2014
  • E.M. Forster was a virgin at 37, and his tortuous path toward sexual maturity is a main plotline of “Arctic Summer,” Damon Galgut’s brilliant biographical novel. Its epigraph quotes Forster at age 74: “Orgies are so important, and they are things one knows nothing about.”...
    — Sep 18 2014
  • In all honesty, I do not even remember how I came across Damon Galgut’s name. Perhaps it was when The Paris Review published the three novellas that made up In a Strange Room—I am sure I saw his name on the magazine’s cover then. Or maybe it was when I saw a copy of The...
    — Sep 4 2014
  • For lovers of English literature, Galgut's novel is a feast of references to Forster's masterpiece. Morgan forges a deep bond with a young Indian student ("I demand to be a character in your novel"), which sets the stage for the cross-cultural friendship between Fielding and...
    — Sep 2 2014
  • You know you're venturing into difficult waters with your latest novel. That's because you want to create a compelling work of fiction about the elusive, often indefinable processes involved in the act of writing itself. Yet, this was Booker nominated novelist Damon...
    — Aug 30 2014
  • Ruling over a global empire brings with it many benefits, the chief perk being unlimited access to illicit sex. When Britannia dominated the waves, the English were famous for being prudes at home and lechers abroad. Men who were models of self-control in the mother country...
    — Aug 29 2014
  • “It is the function of the novelist,” EM Forster wrote in Aspects of the Novel, “to reveal the hidden life at its source.” Such revelation is impossible in our day-to-day lives, he continues, and that is precisely why the novel can be such a powerful force. “We cannot...
    — Aug 15 2014

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