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Galgut was Awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer. “The judges found the novel to be a brilliant evocation of the life of EM Forster, from an author writing at the height of his powers,” Williams said.
‘Galgut has so seamlessly incorporated Forster’s diaries, letters and novels into his narrative that it is hard to tell which novelist is which.’
‘A beautifully imagined piece, getting deep inside the mind of a major English novelist.’
Mail on Sunday
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. It will be another twelve years 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. An exploration of the life and times of one of Britain’s greatest 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.
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, The Good Doctor, The Impostor and In a Strange Room. The Good Doctorwas shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa region), The Impostorwas shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Africa region) and In a Strange Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Arctic Summer is nominated for the Folio Prize for Fiction. He lives in Cape Town.