The Impostor: Book summary and reviews of The Impostor by Damon Galgut

The Impostor

A Novel

by Damon Galgut

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The Impostor by Damon Galgut
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2009
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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In The Impostor, his first novel since The Good Doctor, Galgut leads his readers into the developing heart of post-apartheid South Africa, a landscape being reshaped by new waves of money and power.

Adam Napier leaves Johannesburg looking for a fresh start. Jobless and directionless, but with a head full of literary ambitions, he moves into his brother’s dilapidated house on the edge of a backwater town. One day he encounters Canning, a man who claims Adam saved his life in their school days, but whom Adam does not remember at all. But he plays along and, for a time, enjoys all that Canning has: a vast fortune and game preserve inherited from his father, and a beautiful, mysterious younger wife to whom Adam is compulsively, dangerously drawn.

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"Galgut remains an arch-storyteller, but seems to have slightly missed his mark with this contemporary thriller." - The Independent (UK).

"The effect here, as elsewhere, is unsettling and engaging. Damon Galgut is a name to remember among the writers of the new South Africa." - The Telegraph (UK).

"The Impostor is a bleak but compelling book, set in a time of profound uncertainty." - The Guardian.

"With Adam, Galgut has created a transcendent loser, a contemporary cousin to Bellow's magnificent Tommy Wilhelm in Seize the Day." - Publishers Weekly.

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Damon Galgut is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His fourth novel, The Good Doctor, won a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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