Damon Galgut (CRF 2007, DG 2010) has been awarded the 2021 Booker Prize for his novel The Promise. Congratulations, Damon! A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam (CRF 2021) was a finalist for the award as well.

“On Wednesday, the Booker judges pronounced Galgut the winner, praising his novel for its ‘unusual narrative style that balances Faulknerian exuberance with Nabokovian precision, pushes boundaries, and is a testament to the flourishing of the novel in the 21st century’… ‘This is a book about inheritance and legacy,’ Maya Jasanoff, the chair of the 2021 judges, said…’It’s a book that invites reflection over the decades.'”

Read more about the prize and Galgut’s response to the announcement here.