Translated by José Mário Silva, entitled "A Promessa", Damon Galgut's book tells a story of his country, set at the end of apartheid, in which he explores the relationships between the members of a white family in decay, through of the sequence of four funerals that accompany the decline of the family.
The new novel by Damon Galgut, who was nominated for the third time for this award, narrates the events based on the effects that the political and social process has on this white family from the outskirts of Pretoria.
The award jury considered that it is a novel that allows the reader “to see and think in an innovative way”.
"The Promise" is Galgut's ninth novel and first in seven years. The author, who lives in Cape Town, was previously selected for Booker in 2003, with "The Good Doctor", and, in 2010, with "In a Strange Room". His 2005 novel "The Quarry" was adapted for film.
"This is a book about legacies, those we inherit and those we leave, and by awarding it this year's Booker Prize, we hope it will resonate with readers for decades to come."
In addition to Maya Jasanoff, the jury for this year's edition was made up of the editor Horatia Harrod, the actress Natascha McElhone, the professor and writer Chigozie Obioma, also selected for Booker in previous editions, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.