Booker Prize received South African writer Damon Galgut for The Promise, an apartheid novel.
Six writers nominated for the award: Anouk Arudpragasam (The Way North), Patricia Lockwood (Nobody Talks About It), Nadifa Mohamed (The Lucky People), Richard Powers (Baffled) and Maggie Sheipstead (Big circle”).
The Promise is Galgut’s ninth novel. It tells the story of the death of a family of white farmers in South Africa who promised their black female worker to give a house on their farm, but did not keep their word. The private story unfolds against the backdrop of the country’s transition from apartheid to equality.
“The fact that this year’s Nobel laureate is from Africa and the fact that Booker went to an African suggests that the voice of Africa is starting to sound louder,” Galgut said, commenting on the award. His words leads TASS. In October, Arabic-born Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurna became winner of the Nobel Prize. On November 3, it also became known that the Senegalese writer Mohamed Mbugar Sarr won the most prestigious literary award in France – the Goncourt Prize.
Damon Galgut, 57, is the recipient of many international awards, including the Commonwealth Prize, Dublin International Literary Prize, and the Walter Scott Prize. His books “The Good Doctor”, “In an Unfamiliar Room” and “Arctic Summer” have been translated into Russian. Earlier, the writer’s works “The Good Doctor” and “In an Unfamiliar Room” were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Galgut became the third South African representative to be awarded the Booker Prize. In 1974, Booker went to Nadine Gordimer (together with Briton Stanley Middleton), and in 1983 and 1999 to John Maxwell Coetzee. Both of them later won the Nobel Prizes in Literature.
The Booker Prize was established in 1968. Until 2013, this award was given to an author residing in one of the countries of the Commonwealth, Ireland or Zimbabwe. However, the jury then allowed writers from other countries to claim it for works written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The prize is £ 50,000 ($ 68,000).