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Damon Galgut

Author of The Promise

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Includes the names: D Galgut, Damon Galgut, Damon Galgutt

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Works by Damon Galgut

The Promise (2021) 1,041 copies
The Good Doctor (2003) 667 copies
In a Strange Room (2010) 653 copies
Arctic Summer (2014) 268 copies
The Impostor (2008) 208 copies
The Quarry (2010) 159 copies
Small Circle of Beings (1988) 46 copies
A Sinless Season (1982) 17 copies
Vaat 2 copies
Obećanje (2022) 1 copy
4 Book collection (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contributor — 134 copies
The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 100 copies
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Contributor — 42 copies

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Canonical name
Galgut, Damon
Birthdate
1963-11-12
Gender
male
Nationality
South Africa
Birthplace
Pretoria, South Africa
Places of residence
Pretoria, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Education
University of Cape Town
Occupations
playwright
novelist
Awards and honors
Booker Prize (2021)
Agent
Caroline Wood (Felicity Bryan Associates)
Short biography
His debut novel, A Sinless Season, was published when he was 17.

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I’ve read four or five of his novels and although I haven’t been impressed by all of them, he is undeniably talented. Galgut is a master of dread and of creating an unsettling atmosphere; this novel is no exception but I found the book more like a slow-paced thriller than anything else. The story, ultimately, is a story about losing one’s moral center and attempting to regain it—the theme applies not only to the protagonist but to his relationships and even, on a far broader scale, to the recent history of South Africa itself. His writing, as always, is top-notch but the plot struck me as overly complex and unnecessary. Galgut has shown in previous works that he can do extraordinary things with the simplest of events; that he has so overloaded the framework here is both disappointing and, ultimately, unconvincing.… (more)
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Gypsy_Boy | 13 other reviews | Feb 16, 2024 |
Beautiful written book expertly narrated by Humphrey Bower. Very sensitively written, addressing South African issues and morality. I look forward to reading more of this author's works.
 
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leica | 13 other reviews | Jan 28, 2024 |
This novel took my breath away in so many ways. The promise in the title is presumably the promise of house to Salome, made by the mother on her deathbed. Salome had worked for the family for years and continued to do so as the decades pass and the promise is not fulfilled. But it is also the promise of South Africa, as it shakes off aparteid and has so much promise as a democratic country. In the final chapters we see corruption, crime and power and water outages from its crumbling infrastructure. It is also the promise of the characters. Anton had so many plans and struggles to get beyond drinking. Lukas, Salome's son also had promise that isn't fulfilled. Different female characters become beautiful to the whispering narrator eyes at different times and this suggests promise that then disappears in weight gain and tiredness from working and caring. The family business, a snake and reptile park, and the land, is also full of promise and this shrivels away. There is plenty of sadness in the novel but it doesn't feel a bleak novel and I didn't weep over any of the characters. At the end I was left with a sense of joy and moving on.… (more)
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CarolKub | 54 other reviews | Dec 21, 2023 |
Here is novel that is heartbreaking without being depressing. The writing weaves the characters’ lives together, tangles and untangles. As a reader, you cannot really tell how this was done, can’t see the seams. I like that in a book. I liked Damon Galgut’s omniscient narrator, who also influences the book’s reality when the occasion calls for it. The narrator is detached, sarcastic, and merciless (understandably) towards the characters, yet never misanthropic.
 
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ISBNs
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