Hardback The promise / Damon Galgut.
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781784744069 (hbk.) :
There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don't believe it then listen to us speak. The many voices of 'The Promise' tell a story in four snapshots, each one centred on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria. Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept.
293 pages ; 23 cm
A multi layered and enthralling read; a portrait of a South African family with privilege and land, with only a dawning understanding of the rights to humanity of others. Fault lines widen and a society begins to crumble as South Africa struggles to heal.