The Quarry by Damon Galgut

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A thrilling parable of death and deception from the Booker-shortlisted Galgut. On a lonely stretch of road a man picks up a hitchhiker. The driver is a minister on his way to a new rural congregation. The passenger, a fugitive. When the minister realizes this, the fugitive kills him. He assumes his vestments and identity, only to discover that one of his first duties as the new minister is to preside over his victim's funeral. As the fugitive and the local police chief play a tense game of cat and mouse, culminating in a pursuit across the desolate veldt, Damon Galgut gives us a spare, devastating combat for man’s most prized attribute: freedom.
 

About Damon Galgut

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Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor and The Impostor. The Good Doctor, published in 2003, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award and was published in eighteen countries. Damon Galgut lives in Cape Town.  
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 178 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This fine, bleak tale about a fugitive's crack-up was written ten years ago, while South African Galgut's The Good Doctor (2004) made the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize.

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In a bleak morality tale about a fugitive from justice, Galgut (The Good Doctor ) again demonstrates his flair for charting the vicissitudes of human despair in m

Nov 29 2004 | Read Full Review of The Quarry

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The Quarry by Damon Galgut 169pp, Atlantic, £12.99 In last year's Booker-nominated The Good Doctor - and in, for that matter, such long short stories as "Small Circle of Beings" (published here in 1988, now out of print) - Damon Galgut impressively combined plain-speaking understatement with le...

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In a bleak morality tale about a fugitive from justice, Galgut (The Good Doctor ) again demonstrates his flair for charting the vicissitudes of human despair in modern-day South Africa.

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