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Award-winning author and playwright Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963 and has resided in Cape Town since the early 1990s. He studied drama at the University of Cape Town. He later taught drama at the institution in 1989 and from1992 to1994, where he also worked as a director on productions of popular plays, including Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi is Dead and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Galgut has published five novels, a play, a novella and short stories. A widely translated author, Galgut’s latest novel In a Strange Room, has been translated into eight languages, including Italian, Russian and German, with seven translations still forthcoming.
In a Strange Room, a novel which follows the journey of an isolated South African traveler seeking a deep satisfaction in life, was shortlisted for several awards, including the 2010 Man Booker Prize, the Ondaatje Prize and M-Net Literary Award the following year and for the 2012 Premio Gregor von Rezzori – Citta di Firenzi. It was also lauded by The Guardian as a "beautiful" book that is "strikingly conceived and hauntingly written”.
Galgut’s novels, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Good Doctor and The Impostor have won the 1991 CNA award, the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa Region) and the 2008 University of Johannesburg Prize respectively.
Galgut has worked as the resident playwright and literary advisor at the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal. He has also been published in several publications and anthologies including The Penguin Pocket Series in 2005, The Paris Reviewin the same year, and an anthology of fictional lover letters, Chatto & Windus in 2007.
Galgut wrote his first book A Sinless Season when he was seventeen.
In a Strange Room, Penguin Books, 2010
The Impostor, Penguin Books, 2008
The Good Doctor, Penguin Books, 2003
A Sinless Season, Penguin Books, 1985