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Arctic Summer

ISBN 
9781415205822
Format 
Epub
Recommended Price 
R200.00
Published 
April 2014
About the book: 
Lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky, breeding dreams of murder: he sensed the beginnings of a story.
 
Against the backdrop of a world in flux at the start of a new century, Arctic Summer  portrays the life of British writer E. M. Forster: his inner turmoil, his search for love and the story behind one of the greatest novels in English, A Passage to India. In 1912, Forster follows his friend Syed Ross Masood to India. It is on this journey – travelling around the country while it is still under British rule – that the seeds of his novel are planted. But it will be another twelve years, and a second time spent in India, before his book is published. Between these two journeys lie the writing of an unpublishable novel, the outbreak of the First World War, and a long stay in Alexandria, where he has an unlikely affair with an Egyptian tram conductor. As we follow Forster across continents – stuttering, aching, his love mostly unrequited – Galgut captures with colour and exquisite delicacy the England, India and Egypt of the era. Meticulously researched, Arctic Summer conjures the figure of Forster in all his contradictory genius, providing a fascinating glimpse into the creation of a masterpiece.
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About the Author
Damon Galgut’s latest novel, The Promise,  was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize for 2021. Two other novels of Galgut, The Good Doctor,  and In a Strange Room,  have also previously been shortlisted for this prize. Hailed in the press as one of the world’s finest writers, Galgut published his first novel at seventeen and since then his work has been translated into sixteen languages. Two films were made of his book The Quarry.  Locally, his previous novel, Arctic Summer,  was awarded the Sunday Times  Fiction Prize. Galgut is also a past winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. He lives and works in Cape Town.

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