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Interview: Damon Galgut Answers Reader’s Questions About Arctic Summer

Arctic SummerDamon Galgut was interviewed by a group of 12 readers from The Afterword Reading Society in Canada’s National Post recently.

Galgut’s latest novel, Arctic Summer, is an imaginative biography of EM Forster’s life. He told the readers that his interest in Forster “crept up by degrees, rather than leaping upon me suddenly”.

Galgut says he feels he is similar to Forster in a number of important ways, and found him interesting for this reason. He adds, however, that he cannot say how the man himself would feel about his novel.

Read the interview:

Cathleen Hughes asks What compelled you to write about Morgan Forster and his adventures?
Damon Galgut replies It was a choice more than a compulsion, and it gave me a lot of self-doubt. I suppose I was drawn to him because certain key aspects of his life and experience echo mine. Not all, I hasten to add. But enough to keep me genuinely interested in trying to understand him.

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