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South African author Damon Galgut bags Booker Prize 2021 for his novel 'The Promise'

 

  • 57-year-old Galgut, has won the award in his third appearance on the shortlist after making the cut in 2003 and 2010. 
  • He follows in the footsteps of other South African winners Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee, and is the first winner from the country since 1999.
  • The Promise is set in Pretoria, where the author grew up, and takes place against the backdrop of South Africa’s transition out of apartheid. 
  • It tells the story of the declining Swart family, who are white farmers, through four funerals.