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The Promise

ISBN: 9781784744076
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In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.
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Masterful new fiction from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut

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"A promise is a living thing. It consumes, it alters and it spoils. This novel tracks the ‘life’ of a promise, one that stalks the Swart family through the decades, restlessly and unerringly, as a hunter might. The family unspools and all of life is laid out on the page. That is to say that grief, love, sex and death are captured in a way that this reader has not encountered before. The Promise is, by any measure, a masterwork. " Recommended by Leon Hickey, Dubray Galway.


A 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.

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Masterful new fiction from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut

REVIEW:
"A promise is a living thing. It consumes, it alters and it spoils. This novel tracks the ‘life’ of a promise, one that stalks the Swart family through the decades, restlessly and unerringly, as a hunter might. The family unspools and all of life is laid out on the page. That is to say that grief, love, sex and death are captured in a way that this reader has not encountered before. The Promise is, by any measure, a masterwork. " Recommended by Leon Hickey, Dubray Galway.


A 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.

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