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The Promise: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 by [Damon Galgut]
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Stunning . . . Galgut deploys every trick in the book; he's heart-swellingly attentive to emotional complexity . . . -- Anthony Cummins ― Observer

Galgut seems to deliver effortlessly...there's nothing he can't do... [his] style is quiet but the book feels bursting with life because of all the of all the off-page, between-times details he hints at... This is so obviously one of the best novels of the year... a book that answers the question "what is a novel for?" With a simple: "This!" -- John Self ― The Times

The Promise functions as a spare but thoroughly satisfying parable, the decline of the Swarts into moral degeneracy and death tracing the forsaken promises of the post-apartheid era, from early hope to the contemporary realities of corruption and racial enmity . . . [a] magisterial, heart-stopping novel -- Nat Segnit ― Times Literary Supplement

A complex, ambitious and brilliant work - one that provides Galgut's fullest exploration yet of the poisonous legacy of apartheid . . . Galgut describes his characters with rare assurance and skill, conjuring them to life in a narrative voice that moves restlessly from character to character . . . Rarely have I had such a strong sense, while reading a novel, that I myself was there, in the room with the characters -- William Skidelsky ― Financial Times

The Promise is fully rooted in contemporary South Africa, but the novel's weather moves into the elemental while attending also to the daily, the detailed and the personal. The book is close to a folktale or the retelling of a myth about fate and loss, about three siblings and land, a promise made and broken. The story has an astonishing sense of depth, as though the characters were imagined over time, with slow tender care -- Colm Tóibín --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Masterful new fiction from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08S32WMD1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage Digital (17 June 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3244 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 293 pages
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