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Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room Shortlisted for the 2010 MAN Booker Prize

Damon Galgut

In a Strange RoomPenguin Books South Africa is proud to announce that author, Damon Galgut, has been shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

About the Man Booker Prize

For over four decades the prize – the leading literary award in the English speaking world – has brought recognition, reward and readership to the outstanding new novels of the year. Wednesday, 27 July, saw the announcement of the 13 books on the longlist, and today, 7 September, the Chair of judges, Sir Andrew Motion, announced the six shortlisted authors for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 12 October, at a dinner at London’s Guildhall.

About the book

A young man makes three journeys that take him 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.

About the author

Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963, and now lives in Cape Town. 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 Impostor. The Good Doctor was short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award. The Impostor won the 2008 University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing, and was short-listed for the 2009 M-Net Literary Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the African Region.

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