LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Damon Galgut, South African author, attends the shortlist photocall for the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction at The Royal Festival Hall on October 31, 2021 in London, England. The six shortlisted authors for the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction are: Patricia Lockwood, American author, for No One is Talking About This; Richard Powers, American author, for Bewilderment; Nadifa Mohamed, British/Somali author, for The Fortune Men; Damon Galgut, South African author, for The Promise; Maggie Shipstead, American author, for Great Circle; and Anuk Arudpragasam, Sri Lankan author, for A Passage North. The winner is announced on November 3, 2021. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

He won. He won. I am not staggering into and onto myself on page 26, of Galgut’s book, and reeling too! No sir, dear lady. I do not know the words of adequate description. It is extra-ordinary. Yes, crucify him. Writers are not supposed to be heart-surgeons of the soul. The acid-honest damage of the words and sentences here, are just too much for any breathing being. Staggering stuff.

Just two sentences…

” And the mind recoils from it’s absence, cannot thinks of itself not thinking, the coldest of voids”.

“He walks back down the hill the same way he came up, slashing with the stick at the white tops of the grass, pushing it into the termite hills. Letting the world know he’s there”.

Bowing Damon. Almost very scared that all these holy pages will some time get to very last sentences.

Wim van der Walt