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Damon Galgut wins 2021 Booker Prize

13/02/2021 8:42 AM
Damon Galgut wins 2021 Booker Prize

South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut has won the 2021 Booker Prize for his novel The Promise.

Damon Galgut is a mutli award winning author and he has now been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times. The Promise is Galgut’s ninth novel and is set in South Africa towards the end of apartheid and follows the aftermath of a failed promise made by a white family to their Black housekeeper.

The 57 year old author was awarded a prize of 50 000 pounds and won against other notable authors, such as Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers.

Galgut was awarded the prize in a ceremony that was broadcast live on the BBC and was announced by Maya Jasanoff, the chair of the 2021 judging panel.

Chair of the judging panel, Jasanoff, praised the book saying, ‘We arrived at a decision after a lot of discussion and arrived at a consensus around a book that is a real master of form and pushes the form in new ways, that has an incredible originality and fluidity of voice, and a book that's really dense with historical and metaphorical significance.’

Upon accepting the prize, Damon Galgut said, ‘I'd like to accept this on behalf of all the stories told and untold, the writers heard and unheard, from the remarkable continent I'm part of. Please keep listening to us, there's a lot more to come.’