Quotes by: Damon Galgut

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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.
Damon Galgut
Traveling is one of few zones of experience where you are not directly plugged into the world around you. You're not part of the society you're passing through.
Damon Galgut
Being gay myself, I'm naturally drawn to the interactions between men rather than men and women.
Damon Galgut
I try to get going early, on the assumption that the way you begin your day is the way you continue. But certain books only want to be written at night, so there's no hard rule where work is concerned.
Damon Galgut
I should confess that I'm woefully under-read in South African fiction.
Damon Galgut
India I have visited a great many times, though there is a lot about it I will never understand.
Damon Galgut
Writing is very good for household tasks. Because you'd rather fix a dripping tap or paint an old wall - you'd rather do almost anything than sit and write. I have to reach a point of obsession in order to write, and so I find starting a book incredibly difficult.
Damon Galgut
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.
Damon Galgut
Most writers battle with periods of being blocked; it's almost an occupational hazard. But in the writing of his last and greatest novel, 'A Passage to India,' E. M. Forster got stuck for nine years.
Damon Galgut
Perhaps cliche is nothing more than the weight of the past pinning down your mind. In this sense, imaginative freedom is a way of finding the future, though it isn't so easy to do.
Damon Galgut
I wrote large chunks of 'The Impostor' and 'The Good Doctor' on a beach in Goa.
Damon Galgut
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