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

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Set against the drawn-out dissolution of the Apartheid system and sense of rebirth that followed, this endlessly readable novel tracks the Swart family and their own trajectory of dissolution and possible rebirth after the death of Rachel, the family matriarch. Though third-person omniscient narration hasn’t been in vogue since Henry James, Galgut, who was twice nominated for the Booker Prize before winning it with this book in 2021, utilizes an off-kilter variety that somehow manages to be simultaneously expansive, intimate, and vaguely menacing.

— Rico

Galgut’s first novel in 10 years shouldn’t have snuck up on me—he’s been twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Set in South Africa starting in 1986, this tells the story of an unkept promise made to a Black servant that shapes an Afrikaner family over three decades. It can be read as a family saga that doubles as a portrait of a country emerging from colonialism. Or read for its deft literary flourishes, like its slyly comic narrator. Or you can simply let Galgut’s considerable storytelling chops sneak up on you. — Ty Wilson, Publishers Group West

— From Great Summer Reading Picks

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WINNER OF THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE


A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE


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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