Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010.
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.
Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was 17. 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 shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award. The Imposter was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in Cape Town.
"Superb... With this new book Galgut has struck out in a new direction and taken his writing to a whole other level. It is a quite astonishing work." (William Skidelsky, Observer)
"Truly superlative... Extraordinarily readable... Galgut displays his wonderful sense of place, but also profoundly explores intimate relationships between people... A very beautiful book, strikingly conceived and hauntingly written, a writer's novel par excellence without a clumsy word in it." (Jan Morris, Guardian)
"Galgut is an outstanding writer: his prose is acute, beautiful, unsettling. I have rarely felt so moved whilst reading." (Sarah Hall, The Times)
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In a strange room, and a dark place