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The Promise

ISBN 
9781415210581
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R290.00
Published 
May 2021
About the book: 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
 
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 ...
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About the Author
Damon Galgut is a novelist whose work has been published in twenty languages. He has thrice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, most recently for The Promise,  and is a past winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. His novel Arctic Summer  was awarded the  Sunday Times  Fiction Prize, and two films were made of his book The Quarry.  He lives and works in Cape Town.
 

Photograph credit: Marthinus Basson

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