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**WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021**
'A tour de force... A spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh' Booker Judges 2021
Discover the powerful prizewinning story of a family in crisis.
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 is the most worthy winner of the Booker Prize we've seen for many years...The book trembles in the hand with its political relevance' Rose Tremain, New Statesman
** A NEW STATESMAN , OBSERVER, GUARDIAN , SUNDAY TIMES AND i BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021**
**ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH'S 75 BEST BOOKS OF 2021**
'Astonishing' Colm Tóibín
'A masterpiece - one of the best books I have read in the past decade... A moving, brilliantly told family epic' Elizabeth Day
'This is so obviously one of the best novels of the year' The Times
'Utterly compelling' Patrick Gale
'Gorgeous and pleasurable' Tessa Hadley
A powerful, taut and intense tale of a friendship overshadowed by betrayal, set against the tawdry hopes and disappointments of a post-apartheid South Africa.
When Laurence Waters arrives at his new post at a deserted rural hospital, staff physician Frank Eloff is instantly suspicious. Laurence is everything Frank is not-young, optimistic, and full of big ideas. The whole town is beset with new arrivals and the return of old faces. Frank reestablishes a liaison with a woman, one that will have unexpected consequences. A self-made dictator from apartheid days is rumored to be active in cross-border smuggling, and a group of soldiers has moved in to track him, led by a man from Frank's own dark past. Laurence sees only possibilities-but in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present, his ill-starred idealism cannot last.
When Adam moves into an abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhooh - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins. Canning has inherited a vast fortune and built for himself a giant folly in the veld, a magical place of fantasy and dreams that seduces Adam and transforms him absolutely, violently - and perhaps forever.
Damon Galgut's magnificent novel evokes a hot and cruel and claustrophobic world, in which sex and death are never far from the surface. It is his most powerful and unforgettable novel yet.
FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE PROMISE
Shortlisted for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
Shortlisted for the 2015 University of Johannesburg English Literary Award
Nominated for the 2014 Folio Prize
In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India. On board is Morgan Forster, novelist and man of letters, who is embarking on a journey of discovery. As Morgan stands on deck, the promise of a strange new future begins to take shape before his eyes. The seeds of a story start to gather at the corner of his mind: a sense of impending menace, lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky. It will be another twelve years, and a second time spent in India, before A Passage to India, E. M. Forster's great work of literature, is published. During these years, Morgan will come to a profound understanding of himself as a man, and of the infinite subtleties and complexity of human nature, bringing these great insights to bear in his remarkable novel.
At once a fictional exploration of the life and times of one of Britain's finest novelists, his struggle to find a way of living and being, and a stunningly vivid evocation of the mysterious alchemy of the creative process, Arctic Summer is a literary masterpiece, by one of the finest writers of his generation.
Damon Galgut established himself as a writer of international caliber with the publication of The Good Doctor, which was sold in sixteen countries and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the African region. The Quarry is another stark, intense, and crystalline novel in which human nature betrays itself against the desolate backdrop of rural South Africa.
On a lonely stretch of road a man picks up a hitchhiker. The driver is a minister on his way to a new rural congregation; the passenger is a fugitive. When the minister realizes this, the fugitive kills him. He assumes his vestments and identity, only to discover that one of his first duties as the new minister is to preside over his victim’s funeral. As the fugitive and the local police chief play a tense game of cat and mouse, culminating in a pursuit across the desolate veldt, Damon Galgut gives us a spare, devastating combat for man’s most prized attribute: freedom.
“The Quarry has the same dry, feral quality as Damon Galgut’s best-known novel, The Good Doctor. . . . The issues of guilt, injustice and redemption give the novel a biblical feel. The writing shines in its peripheral vision, in the backdrops and corners of its scenes.” —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
VINCITORE DEL BOOKER PRIZE 2021
Selezionato dalla redazione del New York Times
«Complesso, ambizioso e brillante».
«Uno dei migliori libri dell’anno».
The Times (Regno Unito)
«Un’allegoria delle più vaste debolezze di una nazione».
The Irish Times
«Semplicemente, dovete leggerlo».
Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine
Una saga familiare moderna che poteva arrivare solo dal Sudafrica, scritta in splendida prosa dall’autore vincitore del Booker Prize, Damon Galgut. Perseguitati da una promessa non mantenuta, dopo la morte della madre i membri della famiglia Swart si perdono di vista. Alla deriva, le vite dei tre figli della donna procedono separatamente lungo le acque inesplorate del Sudafrica: Anton, il ragazzo d’oro amareggiato dal potenziale inespresso che è la sua vita; Astrid, il cui potere sta nella bellezza; e la più giovane, Amor, la cui vita è plasmata da un nebuloso senso di colpa. Ritrovandosi per quattro funerali nel corso di tre decenni, la famiglia in declino rispecchia l’atmosfera del paese: un’atmosfera di risentimento, rinnovamento e infine di speranza.
La promessa è un dramma epico che si dispiega al ritmo dell’incessante marcia della storia nazionale, che i lettori di Galgut ameranno di certo e che ne incanterà di nuovi.
Damon Galgut's masterful novel of longing and thwarted desire following one man on three very different journeys.
A young man takes three journeys, through Greece, India and Africa. He travels with little purpose, letting the chance encounters of the road dictate his path. But although he knows that he is drifting, he is unable to settle. It is as if, without these encounters, the person he is cannot exist. And yet each journey ends in disaster.
A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is an extraordinary evocation of one man's search for love, and a place to call home.
FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE PROMISE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, 2003
A year ago Patrick Winter was in Namibia completing his military service. Now, during the first free elections, Patrick has returned to the country he defended; the place where he fell in love for the first and only time. With the country poised to change forever, Patrick is forced to revisit his past and scale the wall that he has built around his painful memories of love, war and loss.
'An astonishingly sensitive writer.' Irish Times
'Engaging and enduring... devastating in the lucidity and austere assurance of its prose.' TLS
'A work whose psychological observation is as subtle as its political analysis.' The Times
'A beautifully written and thoughtful meditation on love, loss and longing.' Attitude
Mit großer erzählerischer Kraft und nah an den Personen schildert Damon Galgut eine Familiengeschichte, die sich über dreißig Jahre des politischen Umbruchs in Südafrika erstreckt - von der Apartheid bis hin zur Demokratie. Während sich das Land von den alten tiefen Spaltungen zu einer neuen, gerechteren Gesellschaft hin bewegt, schwebt über allem die Frage: Wie viel Verbitterung, wie viel Erneuerung, wie viel Hoffnung bleiben?
Im Oktober 1912 nähert sich die SS City of Birmingham Indien. An Bord ist auch der 33-jährige Edward Morgan Forster, Autor von vier Romanen, die ihm in seiner Heimat bereits einigen Ruhm eingetragen haben. Nun ist er, beflügelt vom Erfolg seines jüngsten Werks »Wiedersehen in Howards End«, zu einer Reise ins Unbekannte aufgebrochen. Fern der Enge der englischen Kleinstadt Weybridge in Surrey zeichnet sich das Versprechen einer außergewöhnlichen Zukunft am Horizont ab. Und tatsächlich findet Forster – von der Sinnlichkeit Indiens gleichermaßen angelockt wie verstört – hier den Keim für einen großen Roman: ein diffuses erotisches Begehren und das Gefühl dräuenden Unheils unter einem gleißenden, leeren Himmel. Zwölf Jahre und zahllose innere Kämpfe werden diesem hoffnungsvollen Aufbruch folgen, bis daraus schließlich Forsters Meisterwerk »Auf der Suche nach Indien« entsteht.