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The Price of Privilege: Damon Galgut

24 May 2022
Merrion Square W, Dublin 2, D02 K303

Event details

Date: 24 May 2022
Time: 18:00
Venue: Merrion Square Park (The Speranza)
Location: Merrion Square W, Dublin 2, D02 K303
Organiser: International Literature Festival Dublin, brought to you by Dublin City Council, with kind support by the Arts Council
Fee: €12/10
Contact details: info@ilfdublin.com
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Event description

We are thrilled to welcome Damon Galgut back to Dublin to discuss his writing and his Booker Prize-winning novel The Promise!

As a literary form, the novel has a unique capacity to capture the realities of life. The things we shouldn’t forget. A good novelist understands this. A great novelist takes this knowledge and uses the form to do something unexpected. Damon Galgut was praised by the Booker Prize judges for exactly this feat in 2021 when The Promise was awarded the prestigious prize. Set on a farm on the outskirts of Pretoria, and focusing on a seemingly ordinary family in crisis, Galgut’s novel asks relentless questions of the past and the present, and of the ways in which we deny ourselves and each other when confronted with truth.

Damon Galgut is a South African author, based in Capetown. The author of nine novels, he was twice nominated for the Booker Prize before winning it in 2021 for The Promise.

‘A masterpiece…A moving, brilliantly told family epic’ – Elizabeth Day

Damon will be in conversation with novelist Paul McVeigh.

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