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The Promise: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) (Hardcover)

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The Promise is an ambitious and brilliant work, a keenly observed and affecting family saga, a searing portrait of a damaged family and a troubled country. Structurally inventive, with an ingenious narrative technique that has an omniscient narrator speaking directly to the reader, the novel centers around an unfulfilled “promise” that haunts a white South African family over several decades, where history collides with family destiny. Galgut works on a vast canvas, tackling the poisonous legacy of Apartheid, but with a keen eye to detail he manages to create intimate dramas that take on the force of myth as we are witness to the almost-biblical disintegration of a family, with the reader literally swept along with all the drama unfolding on the page. An extraordinary, near perfect novel, and winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, reading The Promise reminded me why I love being a bookseller! Ed loved and highly recommends!

— Ed




A modern family saga written in gorgeous prose by three-time Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut.

Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled potential; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country--one of resentment, renewal, and, ultimately, hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones.

"Simply: you must read it."--Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine

About the Author

Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria. His 2003 novel The Good Doctor won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In a Strange Room (Europa, 2010) was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2021, Galgut won the Booker Prize for The Promise (Europa, 2021). In 2013, Galgut was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781609456580
ISBN-10: 1609456580
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English
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