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The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs

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October 2012
About the book: 
'I was back in a hospital bed, with a doctor sitting beside me. 'Try to describe how you feel,' he said. 'I feel dislocated,' I told him. 'Not part of life.' 'Whose life?' 'Mine. Everybody's. Life.' And the familiar sensation started up in my belly, the shaking spread into my arms. I covered my face with my hands, but I couldn't block out what I saw.' A year ago Patrick Winter, a young South African, was sent to Namibia to complete his military service and to defend his country against 'terrorism'. Now he is back, to meet Godfrey, his mother's freedom fighter boyfriend, and to witness the country's first free elections. But Patrick needs to confront and process much more than a country in transition, and in doing so he is forced to revisit his past and to face the pain and the demons that haunt him.
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About the Author
Damon Galgut is a novelist whose work has been published in twenty languages. He has thrice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, most recently for The Promise,  and is a past winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. His novel Arctic Summer  was awarded the  Sunday Times  Fiction Prize, and two films were made of his book The Quarry.  He lives and works in Cape Town.

Photograph credit: Marthinus Basson