Damon Galgut’s latest novel, The Promise, was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize for 2021. It has been adapted for the stage, and the production will premiere in Cape Town in September, before transferring to Johannesburg in October.
Two other novels of Galgut, The Good Doctor, and In a Strange Room, have also previously been shortlisted for this prize. Hailed in the press as one of the world’s finest writers, Galgut published his first novel at seventeen and since then his work has been translated into 34 languages. Two films were made of his book The Quarry. Locally, his previous novel, Arctic Summer, was awarded the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Galgut is also a past winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. He lives and works in Cape Town.
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