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Damon Galgut

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Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut’s 2003 novel The Good Doctor won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In a Strange Room (Europa, 2010) was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2013, Galgut was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Upcoming events

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

  • “He’s done it with mastery, guile and a generous amount of empathy. The Promise is a masterpiece.”
    —, Jul 25 2021
  • “A complex, ambitious and brilliant work—one that provides Galgut’s fullest exploration yet of the poisonous legacy of apartheid.”
    — Financial Times, Jul 15 2021
  • “A South African family saga bursting with life is one of the best books of the year.”
    — The Times (UK), Jul 12 2021
  • “Stunning... This bravura novel about the undoing of a bigoted South African family during apartheid deserves awards.”
    — The Guardian, Jul 8 2021
  • “Story of a family’s moral failings serves as an allegory for a nation’s wider weaknesses.”
    — The Irish Times, Jul 4 2021
  • “The author recognizes that change is happening and that peace is possible, but he does not lecture the reader, preferring to present facts regarding the changes and letting the reader see some of the results, both good and bad.”
    — Mary Whipple’s Reviews, May 11 2021
  • The Promise offers all the virtues of realist fiction, plus some extras. A reader can shrug it all off and focus on the family’s story, or take pleasure in a brash writer’s narrative norm-breaking.”
    — The New York Times Book Review, Apr 15 2021
  • “The novel’s beautifully peculiar narration aerates and complicates this fatal family fable, and turns plot into deep meditation...Galgut is wonderfully, Woolfianly adept.”
    — New Yorker, Apr 12 2021
  • “Time and again in Mr. Galgut’s fiction, South Africa materializes, vast, astonishing, resonant. And on this vastness, he stages intimate dramas that have the force of ancient myth.”
    — Wall Street Journal, Mar 27 2021
  • “To praise the novel in its particulars—for its seriousness; for its balance of formal freedom and elegance; for its humor, its precision, its human truth—seems inadequate and partial. Simply: you must read it.”
    — Harper’s Magazine, Mar 15 2021
  • ★ “Galgut extends his extraordinary corpus with a rich story of family, history, and grief.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Mar 3 2021
  • ★ “This tour-de-force unleashes a searing portrait of a damaged family and a troubled country in need of healing.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Feb 22 2021
  • 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
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    — 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

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