Masterful new fiction from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut A taut and menacing novel that charts the crash and burn of an Afrikaans family, the Swarts. Punctuated by funerals that bring the ever-diminishing family together, each of the four parts opens with a death and a new decade. The characterisations are razor sharp, the dialogue dramatic, the action gripping. As we traverse the decades, Damon interweaves the story of a disappointed nation from apartheid to Jacob Zuma.
Discover the Booker Prize-shortlisted literary masterpiece of a family in crisis.
'Astonishing' Colm Toibin
The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria.
'The Good Doctor will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa's transition... by a novelist of great and growing power.' Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart
In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of E. M. Forster, his travels to India, and the freedom and inspiration he found there.
A gripping, claustrophobic novel of guilty secrets, obsession and self-reinvention on the African Savannah from the twice Man Booker-shortlisted author
An intense and sizzling novel seething with betrayal and political upheaval from the twice Man Booker-shortlisted author.
An exquisite early work by the twice Man Booker-shortlisted Damon Galgut, 'a novelist of great and growing power' (Rian Malan)
***LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE***
A masterpiece of a family in crisis from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut
'Astonishing' Colm Toibin
'A literary masterpiece' Sarah Hall
The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma's funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for -- not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land... yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.
The narrator's eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel's title.
In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.
'Gorgeous and pleasurable' Tessa Hadley
'The most important book of the last ten years' Edmund White
'Simply: you must read it' Claire Messud
The Impostor is the first new novel from Damon Galgut since the Man-Booker-shortlisted The Good Doctor.
'Damon Galgut's book is the best I have read to come out of the new South Africa.' -- Allan Massie, Scotsman
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021
There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don't believe it then listen to us speak ...
The many voices of The Promise tell a story in four snapshots, each one centered on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria.
Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept ...
(c) Damon Galgut 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021