236pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2008) 2021
Winner of the University of Johannesburg Prize.
Adam moves into an abandoned house in the Karoo, to write poetry and recover from the loss of his job. Instead, he finds himself becoming hopelessly entangled in the lives of Canning, an old school friend who had inherited a game reserve, and his alluring wife.
"A griping tale of secrecy and obsession." Sunday Telegraph
"This is a novel about a country's transition and its moral effects, and it is absolutely brilliant." The Times
Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. His novel, The Good Doctor (2003), won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book) and was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His latest novels are In a Strange Room (2010), shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Arctic Summer (2014) and The Promise, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize. He lives in Cape Town.