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SA’s woes are bad for its citizens but good for its writers: Damon Galgut

SA’s new Booker Prize winner says he’s lucky to earn a living from writing, but this wasn’t always the case

Adele Shevel

With his novel The Promise, Damon Galgut, one of SA’s most respected and awarded authors, has won the Booker Prize after making it on to the shortlist this year for the third time.

“It’s taken a long while to get here and now that I have, I kind of feel that I shouldn’t be here,” he said in his acceptance speech for the £50,000 (R1m) English language literary award.

“This has been a great year for African writing and I would like to accept this on behalf of all the stories told and untold, the writers heard and unheard, from the remarkable continent that I’m part of. Please keep listening to us, there’s a lot more to come.”..

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