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)