Booker Prize-winning author Damon Galgut talks to Cheryl about the complexities of South Africa, and how death can bring a family together. His novel, The Promise, is out now. Damon is currently at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Masterful new fiction from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon GalgutA taut and menacing novel that charts the crash and burn of an Afrikaans family, the Swarts. Punctuated by funerals that bring the ever-diminishing family together, each of the four parts opens with a death and a new decade.The characterisations are razor sharp, the dialogue dramatic, the action gripping. As we traverse the decades, Damon interweaves the story of a disappointed nation from apartheid to Jacob Zuma.