Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel Prize in literature

Author: Web Desk

On Thursday, the postcolonial novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah became the first Tanzanian writer to receive Nobel Prize in literature.

Born in 1948, Gurnah migrated to the United Kingdom as a refugee in the 1960s. Throughout his life, he focused on issues related to the identity of refugees and colonial brutalities.

Gurnah taught English and postcolonial literature at the University of Kent, in the U.K until his retirement.

In 1994, his novel “Paradise” was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

The Swedish Academy selected Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.”

Alongside the recognition, Gurnah will receive a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (more than $1.14 million).

While welcoming Nobel Prize, Gurnah said “I am very surprised and humbled, and of course, I’m thrilled and honored. Many of these people who come, come out of need, and also because quite frankly they have something to give. They don’t come empty-handed. A lot of talented, energetic people who have something to give.”

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