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Damon Galgut Quotes

There were only certain intimacies one could hope to survive.
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If I had done this, if I had said that, in the end you are always more tormented by what you didn't do than what you did, actions already performed can always be rationalized in time, the neglected deed might have changed the world.

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A journey is a gesture inscribed in space, it vanishes even as it's made. You go from one place to another place, and on to somewhere else again, and already behind you there is no trace that you were ever there.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: As a result he is hardly ever happy in
As a result, he is hardly ever happy in the place where he is, something in him is already moving forward to the next place, and yet he is never going towards something, always away, away

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Forgive me my friend, I tried to hold on, but you fell, you fell

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Poetry was syllable and rhythm. Poetry was the measurement of breath. Poetry was time make audible. Poetry evoked the present moment; poetry was the antidote to history. Poetry was language free from habit.

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He has always had a dread of crossing borders, he doesn't like to leave what's known and safe for the blank space beyond in which anything can happen. Everything at times of transition takes on a symbolic weight and power. But this too is why he travels. The world you're moving through flows into another one inside, nothing stays divided any more, this stands for that, weather for mood, landscape for feeling, for every object there is a corresponding inner gesture, everything turns into metaphor. The border line on a map, but also drawn inside himself somewhere.

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There were only certain intimacies one could hope to survive.

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The only defence against raw, naked feeling was reason. Understanding made sadness easier to bear.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: No emotion was supposed to cross the
No emotion was supposed to cross the great divide of class. Affection could erase all hierarchy; in this was the danger, and the delight.

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That echo. It played in his head at unexpected moments, repeating certain sounds and making nonsense of them. But could you remember an echo? Memory itself was like another kind of echo, everything duplicating endlessly, in shadow versions of itself.

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There was no reason why he should not lift the veil aside.
Well, there was Lily. He could imagine his mother's face if he told her he was giving up meat and alcohol and going to live off the land and make sandals. Not to mention homogenic love. The veil might be thin, but in some cases it was insurmountable.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: Under the elaborate filigree of language
Under the elaborate filigree of language, hadn't it always been about this deferment, this selfishness, this veil drawn over the obvious truth, which was that Masood simply did not care enough? Morgan could not look at the possibility for long, but at least he could look at it, and over the coming days he took it out and hurt himself with it at particular moments when he was alone. He had always been slow to comprehend his own feelings, and it came only gradually to him how disappointed he was.

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What did love mean if it was doled out so carelessly, with no thought of consequence?

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There was something humiliating, too, in a display of grief when the relationship had been unwitnessed. No, this was to be a private suffering, like lust or literature, lived out mostly in his dreams.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: There were some naturally who would
There were some, naturally, who would understand, and he wrote for them, or for himself. Anyhow, some idealised reader who would accept everything, and forgive.

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To be honest and to be fair were not always the same thing.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: It is always an attractive moment when
It is always an attractive moment when curiosity takes hold.

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He feared at certain moments that the only new knowledge he would take away from this country was learning how to swim and use the telephone.

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All of them would understand, as he did now, that he had crossed a line in himself, he had left their world behind, the decent world of tea parties and suburban witticisms.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: My dear he talked of peering into
My dear, he talked of peering into catamites' anuses, if you can conceive of anything more wonderful.

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The Indians were inside their bodies, he decided, in a way that the British were not. His own flesh impeded his spirit.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: Fire and water and smoke and incense and
Fire and water and smoke and incense and chanting and bells and butter and blood: this was a language whose syllables were translated into physical terms; a language of the elements. It was a language that he hoped might speak to him one day.

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A mixture of rapture and cowardice. No action, but all that quivering!

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Of what earthly use were novels? How did they help anybody?

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Damon Galgut Quotes: A silence followed while the two men
A silence followed, while the two men contemplated dying for love.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: One of the questions writers bump up
One of the questions writers bump up against in their work, whether they know it or not, is about lying. Because fiction is a form of deceit, and one's abilities are measured by how convincingly one can persuade readers that these events really happened.

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'Arctic Summer,' as you might know, is the title of Forster's one unfinished novel.

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Being gay myself, I'm naturally drawn to the interactions between men rather than men and women.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: For the first five years of my life
For the first five years of my life, things felt pretty good. A lot went wrong after that, family-wise.

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Generally, writers have very uninteresting lives.

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I go for long walks in Newlands Forest in Cape Town, and I go to the Turkish baths on Sunday mornings.

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I like to believe that if you pay close attention to the sentences as they unfold, they will draw you in rather than pushing you away.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: I should confess that im woefully under
I should confess that I'm woefully under-read in South African fiction.

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I've been wanting to write a book about what goes into creating a novel, and the story behind 'A Passage to India' is especially interesting.

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Something in a writer's brain needs to watch everything with a detached, amoral eye.

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South Africa is highly politicised; even small issues become politicised, and it becomes quite bitter.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: Stationery gets me excited because it
Stationery gets me excited because it has an individual character, unlike computers, which may be convenient but are generic and bland.

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There aren't a lot of 'Aha!' moments in writing.

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While apartheid was in operation, the set-up was a gift for writers if you were looking for a big theme.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: Yoga helps me with a composed and serene
Yoga helps me with a composed and serene state of mind, which is good for writing.

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Almost overnight, white people have gone from being very powerful to potentially irrelevant. Their future in South Africa is not what many had envisaged, so it involves a lot of reinvention.

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Any radical change or trauma always makes for interesting subject matter, but then all stories deal, to some extent, with the disjuncture between past and present.

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Being gay immediately placed me outside the values of the society I was growing up in. Apartheid was a very patriarchal system, so its assumptions seemed foreign to me from the outset. I've always had the advantage of alienation.

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I first went to India because of my interest in yoga, hoping to go to the Iyengar Centre in Pune for a while. That didn't work out, but I ended up on a beach in Goa, writing.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: I long for a south african society thats
I long for a South African society that's free of ideological forces - no society can ever really be free of ideological forces - but I wish it was free of power.

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I think the impulse took shape in early childhood when I was very ill with lymphoma for a number of years. I spent a lot of time in hospitals and sick-rooms, being read to by various relatives, and I learned to associate books with love and attention.

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I think there's something very dark in the South African psyche. I think we live a lot of the time in a state of a very low-grade civil war; the levels of violence in South Africa are extremely high. In a way, the civil war that never happened is being played out in a covert way, so we live with a lot of very ugly things.

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Damon Galgut Quotes: Im fascinated by how much has changed
I'm fascinated by how much has changed from one generation to another. There are young people growing up now for whom apartheid is just a distant memory and the idea of military service is an abstract notion.

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Rian Malan was one of the first younger writers to perceive and write about a darkness in the South African psyche that goes deeper than mere politics. To some extent, that's my territory, too.

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