The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma's funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for - not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land... yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled. 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.
Damon Galgut, a playwright, is a novelist and playwright who lives in Cape Town. He was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1963. Small Circle of Beings (1988) was a collection of short stories. This was followed by The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (91), the story of a young South African soldier who experiences a nervous breakdown. The Quarry (1995) was made into a movie by a Belgian production house. He is recently been declared as the Booker price winner for ‘The Promise’. The Good Doctor, his novel set in post-Apartheid South Africa explores the awkward friendship between two very different men in rural, deserted hospital. It was nominated for the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa Region, Best Book and shortlisted for both the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction as well as the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Impostor (2008) followed it.