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Books By Damon Galgut
WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021
One family. One promise. One chance to tell a new story.
**AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME**
'A moving, brilliantly told family epic' Elizabeth Day
'Superb' Paula Hawkins
'Gripping' Daily Mail
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
On a farm outside Pretoria, the Swarts are gathering for Ma's funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for - not least their treatment of the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. Salome was to be given her own house, her own land...yet somehow, that vow is carefully ignored.
As each decade passes, and the family assemble again, one question hovers over them. Can you ever escape the repercussions of a broken promise?
'A tour de force... A spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh' Booker Judges, 2021
'So powerful' Clare Chambers
'Astonishing' Colm Tóibín
'Bursting with life' The Times
'Utterly compelling' Patrick Gale
Shortlisted for the 2022 Rathbones Folio Prize
** A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, i AND NEW STATESMAN **
FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE PROMISE
Shortlisted for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
Shortlisted for the 2015 University of Johannesburg English Literary Award
Nominated for the 2014 Folio Prize
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 of a story start to gather at the corner of his mind: a sense of impending menace, lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky. It will be another twelve years, and a second time spent in India, before A Passage to India, E. M. Forster's great work of literature, is published. During these years, Morgan will come to a profound understanding of himself as a man, and of the infinite subtleties and complexity of human nature, bringing these great insights to bear in his remarkable novel.
At once a fictional exploration of the life and times of one of Britain's finest novelists, his struggle to find a way of living and being, and a stunningly vivid evocation of the mysterious alchemy of the creative process, Arctic Summer is a literary masterpiece, by one of the finest writers of his generation.
A powerful, taut and intense tale of a friendship overshadowed by betrayal, set against the tawdry hopes and disappointments of a post-apartheid South Africa.
When Laurence Waters arrives at his new post at a deserted rural hospital, staff physician Frank Eloff is instantly suspicious. Laurence is everything Frank is not-young, optimistic, and full of big ideas. The whole town is beset with new arrivals and the return of old faces. Frank reestablishes a liaison with a woman, one that will have unexpected consequences. A self-made dictator from apartheid days is rumored to be active in cross-border smuggling, and a group of soldiers has moved in to track him, led by a man from Frank's own dark past. Laurence sees only possibilities-but in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present, his ill-starred idealism cannot last.
Damon Galgut's masterful novel of longing and thwarted desire following one man on three very different journeys.
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.
When Adam moves into an abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhooh - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins. Canning has inherited a vast fortune and built for himself a giant folly in the veld, a magical place of fantasy and dreams that seduces Adam and transforms him absolutely, violently - and perhaps forever.
Damon Galgut's magnificent novel evokes a hot and cruel and claustrophobic world, in which sex and death are never far from the surface. It is his most powerful and unforgettable novel yet.
FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE PROMISE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, 2003
A year ago Patrick Winter was in Namibia completing his military service. Now, during the first free elections, Patrick has returned to the country he defended; the place where he fell in love for the first and only time. With the country poised to change forever, Patrick is forced to revisit his past and scale the wall that he has built around his painful memories of love, war and loss.
'An astonishingly sensitive writer.' Irish Times
'Engaging and enduring... devastating in the lucidity and austere assurance of its prose.' TLS
'A work whose psychological observation is as subtle as its political analysis.' The Times
'A beautifully written and thoughtful meditation on love, loss and longing.' Attitude
Small Circle of Beings is the first collection of extraordinary stories from one of the greatest writers of our time. With astonishing clarity, Galgut explores both the intimacies and violence of family life against the complex landscape of 1980s South Africa.
From a mother who experiences a devastating unmooring after her child falls gravely ill, to a son retracing his late father's brief yet passionate affair, the stories ripple out from one another, tenderly exposing those bonds we cannot escape.
PRAISE FOR DAMON GALGUT:
'Galgut seems to deliver effortlessly...there's nothing he can't do' Times
'Damon Galgut is very nearly without peer...an essential writer' Garth Greenwell
'Terrifically agile and consistently interesting...certainly up there with Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee' Guardian
Give yourself up. Whatever you've done. They'll find you. In the end.
A man with no name staggers down a lonely stretch of road that cuts through the simmering veld of rural South Africa. He is exhausted and hungry yet dives for the long grass whenever cars approach. He is on the run.
When a minister on his way to a new congregation offers help - at a price - the fugitive's desperation boils over. Stealing the minister's identity, he is successfully taken in by the township. But when a body is discovered in a nearby quarry, and the local police captain's suspicions grow, the hunt reignites with devastating consequences.
'One of South Africa's great literary voices' Economist
'Galgut's prose feels as if it's been fired through a crucible, burning away all the comfortable excess until only a hard, concentrated purity remains' Daily Telegraph
1986, dans une ferme non loin de Pretoria. La famille Swart fait ses adieux à la matriarche, Rachel. Avant de mourir, Rachel a fait une promesse : léguer à Salome, leur domestique noire, la maison dans laquelle elle vit. Cette décision divise le clan et la solennité du deuil ne parvient pas à masquer les dissensions qui se font jour. Les langues se délient, les rancœurs et les convoitises s’exacerbent au point de faire voler en éclats les liens qui unissent les uns et les autres. Cette promesse doit-elle être tenue et à quel prix ?
Le roman suit les Swart sur trois décennies, de 1986 à 2018. Alors que l’Afrique du Sud se transforme profondément, le racisme et la violence s’infiltrent encore partout, jusque dans la vie intime de chacun. À travers le déclin d’une famille protestante, c’est toute l’histoire d’un pays que Damon Galgut dessine en filigrane dans une langue virtuose qui nous fait entendre les voix de chacun de ses personnages.
Traduit de l’anglais (Afrique du Sud) par Hélène Papot.
Mit großer erzählerischer Kraft und nah an den Personen schildert Damon Galgut eine Familiengeschichte, die sich über dreißig Jahre des politischen Umbruchs in Südafrika erstreckt - von der Apartheid bis hin zur Demokratie. Während sich das Land von den alten tiefen Spaltungen zu einer neuen, gerechteren Gesellschaft hin bewegt, schwebt über allem die Frage: Wie viel Verbitterung, wie viel Erneuerung, wie viel Hoffnung bleiben?
Im Oktober 1912 nähert sich die SS City of Birmingham Indien. An Bord ist auch der 33-jährige Edward Morgan Forster, Autor von vier Romanen, die ihm in seiner Heimat bereits einigen Ruhm eingetragen haben. Nun ist er, beflügelt vom Erfolg seines jüngsten Werks »Wiedersehen in Howards End«, zu einer Reise ins Unbekannte aufgebrochen. Fern der Enge der englischen Kleinstadt Weybridge in Surrey zeichnet sich das Versprechen einer außergewöhnlichen Zukunft am Horizont ab. Und tatsächlich findet Forster – von der Sinnlichkeit Indiens gleichermaßen angelockt wie verstört – hier den Keim für einen großen Roman: ein diffuses erotisches Begehren und das Gefühl dräuenden Unheils unter einem gleißenden, leeren Himmel. Zwölf Jahre und zahllose innere Kämpfe werden diesem hoffnungsvollen Aufbruch folgen, bis daraus schließlich Forsters Meisterwerk »Auf der Suche nach Indien« entsteht.