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Small Circle of Beings

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September 2012
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The family - that small circle of beings where love should flourish - can be an arid and alienating territory where hatred and violence may ignite. On the surface, Small Circle of Beings, the novella which gives its title to this collection, concerns a family living what would appear to be an idyllic life. When the couple's only child falls ill, tension and strain begin to take their toll, and the hairline cracks and fissures in his parents' relationship gradually widen and split open until a marriage that seemed solid and secure falls irretrievably apart. Galgut's economy of style and his chilling gift for understatement and the macabre are nowhere more eloquently displayed than in this gripping story. The same sensitive and atmospheric writing can also be seen in the shorter stories - Lovers, Shadows, The Clay Ox and Rick.
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About the Author

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 and The Quarry, all of which were re-issued by Penguin in 2005. The Good Doctor, published by Penguin in 2003 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the African region Commonwealth Writers Prize 2004. Strategy & Siege was released by Penguin in 2005. His last novel, The Imposter, was released in May 2008. 

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