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Arctic Summer

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ISBN: 9789382277255    Publisher: Aleph Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 368        Language: English
In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of E.M. Forster, his travels to India and the freedom and inspiration he found there
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In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of E.M. Forster, his travels to India and the freedom and inspiration he found there
'There are traces of J.M. Coetzee and Graham Greene but Damon Galgut is a true original' - Geoff Dyer

'Galgut is an outstanding writer: His prose is acute, beautiful, unsettling. I have rarely felt so moved whilst reading' - The Times

E.M. Forster, one of the most iconic writers of our time, lived when the British Empire was at its height. His last and greatest novel, a passage to India, was written over a period of eleven years and for nine of those years he was stuck, unable to move forward. A powerful personal story lies behind the writing, which comes to life for the first time in Arctic Summer. In 1906, Forster, who was already starting to make a name for himself as one of England's most promising writers, met Syed Ross Masood, a young Indian who had come to his country to study law. It was the start of a lifelong friendship that was also, on Forster's side, a deep, unrequited love. Desperately repressed, living in the shadow of his mother, he was unable to act on his most intimate feelings. When Masood returned to India in 1912, Forster followed him and it was on this journey, travelling through much of the country when it was still under British rule, that the first seeds of his novel were planted. He started writing it in 1913, when he got back to England but his creative impulse was soon blocked. He was only able to complete it in 1924, after he had gone back to India again, this time as the Private Secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas. Between these two journeys lay much turmoil and passion, the writing of his unpublishable homosexual novel, his friendship with other writers like Virginia Woolf and C.P. Cavafy, the outbreak of the First World War and a long stay in Alexandria, where he found unlikely fulfilment with an Egyptian tram conductor. Meticulously researched and vividly imagined, Arctic Summer conjures the figure of Forster, in all his sensitive, contradictory genius, as he struggled to write his masterpiece.
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About the author: Damon Galgut
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,... Read more
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 Doctor was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and the Dublin or IMPAC Award. The Impostor was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and In a Strange Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Cape Town.
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