The taut new masterpiece by twice Booker-shortlisted Damon Galgut
charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The family is gathering for Ma's funeral; the younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for -- not least the failed promise to the family's black maid. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land... yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.
The narrator's eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions, to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel's title.
In this story of a family diminished, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise
is literary fiction at its finest.
'Among the finest living writers' Irish Times
'The bold, fresh voice of South African fiction' Observer
'A writer of immense clarity and control' Daily Telegraph
'His prose, suspended between horror and comedy, is almost unbearably powerful' Guardian