In a Strange Room

by Damon Galgut

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Travel

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010.

This is a beautifully written detailed story of an ongoing journey in foreign parts, written in the present tense, and sometimes in the first person.  From the first page, a sense of aloneness and yearning for emotional connection emanate from the narrative as the writer travels from country to country. The descriptive detail is vivid and conjures up the sense both of place and personality.  It is cautious, watchful and contemplative and the personalities, more than the places, intrigue and catch attention.  His journey is symbolic of much more than merely ticking off places of interest.  It is for anonymity, to leave the old self behind and an aching wish to find a place and person to relate to which permeates the page. The sensitivity of the author and his constant moving on makes his journey a microcosm of life itself as he looks for a sense of belonging. It would be difficult to find a more acutely observed or stunningly written personal travelogue in fact or fiction.  Highly recommended.

In a Strange Room Synopsis

A young man takes three journeys, through Greece, India and Africa. He travels with little purpose, letting the chance encounters of the road dictate his path. But although he knows that he is drifting, he is unable to settle. It is as if, without these encounters, the person he is cannot exist. And yet each journey ends in disaster. A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is an extraordinary evocation of one man's search for love, and a place to call home.

In a Strange Room Press Reviews

'Beautiful. Strikingly conceived and hauntingly written.'
Jan Morris, Guardian

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781782396291
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Author: Damon Galgut
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Travel,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Damon Galgut

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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