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“Truly deserving of its place on the shortlist.”

Newspaper, blog or website: The Irish Times
Date: Sep 14 2021
URL: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/booker-prize-2021-shortlist-announced-1.4673806

"The Promise is an expansive family novel that explores the interconnected relationships between members of one family through the sequential lens of multiple funerals. Death assumes here both a closing but also an opening into lives lived. It is an unusual narrative style that balances Faulknerian exuberance with Nabokovian precision, pushes boundaries, and is a testament to the flourishing of the novel in the 21st century. In The Promise, Damon Galgut makes a strong, unambiguous commentary on the history of South Africa and of humanity itself that can best be summed up in the question: does true justice exist in this world? The novel’s way of tackling this question is what makes it an accomplishment and truly deserving of its place on the shortlist."

Read the full review in The Irish Times.

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