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Damon Galgut

The Promise

Literaturhaus Basel

The Promise tells the story of the increasing disintegration of a white South African family living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts gather for the funeral of their mother, Rachel. The younger generation, Anton und Amor, despise everything the family stands for – not least the failed promise to the black woman who has worked for them her whole life. With great narrative power Damon Galgut depicts a family story stretching over thirty years of political upheaval in South Africa – from apartheid to democracy.

“Along with J. M. Coetzee, Damon Galgut is the outstanding voice of white South African literature, taking similar delight in bitter satire.” (FAZ)

In cooperation with Bergli Books and Luchterhand Literaturverlag

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