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Damon Galgut wins 2008 UJ Prize for Creative Writing


Damon Galgut has won the 2008 University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing for The Impostor.

In 2006, the University of Johannesburg instituted two prizes for Creative Writing in English:

• The UJ Prize for the best creative work in English
• The UJ Prize for the best creative debut work in English.

The value of the 2008 prize for best creative work in English is R60 000. The UJ Prize is awarded to the writer of the best original creative work in English published in the previous calendar year. The prize was deliberately not linked to a specific genre, the idea being to open the prize to as many forms of creative writing as possible. The selection panel comprised the following seven members: four members of the UJ Department of English; two academics from other universities; and one member from the media industry. Alison Lowry, CEO of Penguin Books South Africa says, "As Damon Galgut's international reputation as a writer grows strongly, this recognition in his home market of a novel as important as we believe The Impostor to be in South African literature, is welcome indeed. We salute him and Penguin is proud to be his publisher."

About the book

When Adam moves into the abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhood - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins. Canning has inherited a vast fortune and a giant folly in the veld, a magical place of fantasy and dreams that seduces Adam and transforms him absolutely, violently - and perhaps for ever.

Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. When he was six years old he was diagnosed with cancer and his love of storytelling developed at this time as he lay convalescing in his hospital bed. Galgut studied drama at the University of Cape Town. He was only 17 when his debut novel, A Sinless Season, was published. His battle with cancer was given fictional form in his next book, a collection of short stories called Small Circle of Beings (1988). The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (1991) won the CNA Prize. The Quarry (1995) was made into a feature film, which went on to win prizes on the international film festival circuit. However, it was not until the publication of The Good Doctor in 2003 that Galgut found a far wider audience. The Good Doctor was short-listed for The Man Booker Prize 2003 and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2004.

Title: The Impostor
Author: Damon Galgut
Imprint: Penguin Books SA
ISBN: 9780143025733
Price: R160.00
Published Date: May 2008

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