Damon Galgut introduces his Booker Prize-winning international bestseller The Promise (2021), which explores the troubled lives of a white South African family wrestling with its historical debt to their black housekeeper.
CROSSING BORDER ANTWERP 4 + 6 NOV 2022
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Crossing Border is delighted to welcome Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut (1963), whose 2021 novel The Promise scooped the prestigious literary award last year. In the novel – a best-seller published in 33 countries – the author throws us into the troubled lives of a white South African family wrestling with its historical debt to their black housekeeper.
One of South Africa’s most powerful modern literary voices, Galgut has published nine novels, but says he struggled to adjust after the global success of The Promise. “I still need to get accustomed to so much attention. It does not come naturally to me,” he said in a recent interview. “Usually, you have to fight for attention for a book. Now it is the opposite.”
Seven of his novels have been translated into Dutch. These include The Promise and The Good Doctor, a captivating story about friendship and betrayal between two doctors in a South African hospital, which was reprinted in The Netherlands this year.