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In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

In a Strange Room

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010.

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 for a place to call home.

If you like Damon Galgut you might also like to read books by J. M. Coetzee, Paul Auster and Alan Hollinghurst.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This intriguing novel is actually three overlapping stories with the same narrator, a man called Damon who tells us of a series of journeys he has made on three continents. It is a haunting and thought-provoking book by a young author who is deservedly being compared with his compatriot J M Coetzee.


In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

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.


The most intense and passionate novel to date from Man Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut: 'the bold, fresh voice of South African fiction

'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

About the Author

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 and The Good Doctor. The Good Doctor was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Damon Galgut lives in Cape Town.

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Publication date

1st April 2010


Damon Galgut

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Atlantic Books


192 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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