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November 06, 2021 Saturday 11:14:29 AM IST

South African Author Damon Galgut Bags the Booker Prize 2021

Stories of Life

The coveted Booker Prize is bestowed to the South African writer Damon Galgut for his gripping novel “The Promise”. Galgut is the third South African writer to receive this honour after Nadine Gordimer and J.M Coetzee. “The Promise” is the ninth novel by Galgut, who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice previously — in 2003 for “The Good Doctor” and in 2010 for “In a Strange Room”.

Set in the South African state of Pretoria “The Promise” narrates the troubled transition phase of apartheid to multi-racial democracy. The novel begins in 1986 and revisits the family over the course of four funerals, each in a different decade and at a different point in the nation's journey. The title refers to a pledge that the white family's black maid would be given the house she inhabits and the land it stands on. It narrates the decline and fall of a white South African family and the underlying policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government.