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Fiction from Damon Galgut and Alistair Morgan Catapults The Paris Review into National Magazine Award Finals

Damon GalgutAlistair Morgan

National Mag Awards SculptureAlert! Authors Damon Galgut and Alistair Morgan have propelled that venerable American journal of letters, The Paris Review, into the US’s National Magazine Award finals for best fiction writing in 2008. (The awards are known as “the Ellies”, named after the Alexander Calder stabile, Elephant, pictured here.)

Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch is the official shortlistee, for two works that he published last year: Galgut’s “The Lover” and Morgan’s “Departure”.

Here’s the best part: to celebrate, the magazine has posted an excerpt from the latter piece online. One can now read samples from three of Galgut and Morgan’s contributions to The Paris Review:

from “Departure” by Alistair Morgan

The man was walking in the middle of the road. He stumbled, fell to his knees, and then stood up again, swaying slightly as he found his balance.

“Careful,” Anna said to Miles, who had already changed down a gear. She and Miles were looking for a wedding venue. They had driven three hours out of Cape Town in a rented Polo to visit a lavender farm. The farm’s distance from Cape Town was compensated for by the charm of the old stone farmhouse and stables, which had been converted into rooms. It was the first venue that they had both liked. This oasis of mutual agreement was a relief to Anna. For a time it had seemed as if she and Miles would never agree on anything. Apart from the car and the man the road was empty. Dusk was fast approaching and the shadows of eucalyptus trees were cast diagonally across the tarmac. Set back from the road, on the other side of a ditch and slightly obscured by the trees, was a row of five farm laborers’ houses. They were simple, flat-roofed structures, each with windows on either side of a single door. All the windows were dark, although gray tails of smoke rose from two chimneys. Beyond the houses the landscape was flat, rising up only near the horizon where mountains finally broke the monotony, their peaks as blue as oxygen-starved lips. The nearest town was almost thirty miles away.

Gourevitch, Galgut and Morgan are up against the The New Yorker, The American Scholar and The Virginia Quarterly Review. The winner will be announced on 30 April 2009 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Piece of cake, boys – good luck!

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    March 24th, 2009 @15:31 #

    Truly, deeply EXCELLENT. Congratulations, team SA.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    March 24th, 2009 @16:12 #

    Hear, hear. A profoundly remarkable achievement.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    March 25th, 2009 @06:17 #

    Go, home boys, go!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    March 25th, 2009 @11:20 #

    Excellent work. Holding thumbs!


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