Book Review: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
In a Strange Room, the latest novel of Captonian author Damon Galgut, has recently made the longlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
The book comprises three beautifully crafted, related but stand-alone travel stories that follow a South African called Damon in his often aimless and haphazard, yet deeply personal sojourns through Africa, Europe and India. In his sparse prose, Galgut paints bleak, barren and practically featureless physical landscapes which create an ideal backdrop for the fraught and harrowing relationships between Damon and his travelling companions.
This is a thought-provoking novel that will appeal to anyone who has experienced the loneliness and emotional depth of solo travel, anyone interested in exploring themes of identity, meaning and home, and ultimately anyone concerned with the search for love.
Andreas Späth, Idasa
In a Strange Room is available at Lobby Books for R190.