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- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 146mm x 216mm x 24mm | 322g
- Publication date: 1 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1848873220
- ISBN 13: 9781848873223
- Sales rank: 52,844
A young man takes three journeys, through Greece, India and Africa. He travels lightly, simply. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way - including a handsome, enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers and a woman on the edge - he is the Follower, the Lover and the Guardian. Yet, despite the man's best intentions, each journey ends in disaster. Together, these three journeys will change his whole life. A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, "In a Strange Room" is the hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man's search for love, and a place to call home.
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Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor and The Imposter. The Good Doctor was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award. He lives in Cape Town.
By Jeremy 09 Dec 2010
Damon is a traveller trying to find connection and meaning - through places and people.
The story consists of dreamlike reminiscences on opportunity and regret that flicker between first person and third person narrative as if to ask the question, did this really happen? Like his compatriot Coetzee, his writing suggests a kind of selectively embellished autobiography.
Galgut describes events, and their fallout, in a way that lingers with the reader.
"The most intense and passionate novel to date from Man Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut: 'the bold, fresh voice of South African fiction' (Observer). 'This is a novel about a country's transition and its moral effects, and it is absolutely brilliant.' The Times 'A great pleasure... Damon Galgut's book is the best I have read to come out of the new South Africa.' Allan Massie, Scotsman 'Outstanding... [Galgut is] a major writer worthy to be referred to as a kindred spirit of the great Coetzee... The Impostor, with its bleak balancing of boyhood hopes and adult regret, is a great novel.' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times"