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The Promise by Damon Galgut review - legacies of apartheid

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

The Booker-shortlisted novelist examines South Africa's broken promises over the last three decades through the story of one white family In Damon Galgut 's 2008 book The Impost or , a man named Adam loses his job and moves to a shack in the Karoo to try to write poetry. Like Galgut himself , who wrote his debut novel, A Sinless Season , when he was 17, Adam's first collection - “poems about the natural world, ardent and intense and romantic” - was published when he was a young man. But Adam has become aware of the weight of history since then, and wonders whether such poetry is acceptable...
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