Abdulrazak Gurnah from Tanzania awarded with Nobel Prize Literature

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 for his novels “Paradise & Desrtion”. He writes in English and lives in Britain.
Gurnah, whose novels include “Paradise” and “Desertion”, writes in English and lives in Britain.
The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14 million).


Who is Abdulrazak Gurnah?
Gurnah is the author of 10 novels in English. Paradise and Desertion are the most popular novel written by the author. Paradise was published in 1994, which tells the story of a boy growing up in Tanzania in the early 20th century and won the booker prize.
Gurnah was born in Zanzibar in 1948 and arrives in England as a refugee in the late 1960s.
He worked as a Professor of English and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Kent until his retirement. He owns the credit of being the first black African author to have won the award since Wole Soyinka in 1986.
Past winners have primarily been novelists such as Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, poets such as Pablo Neruda, Joseph Brodsky and Rabindranath Tagore, or playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Eugene O’Neill.
But writers have also won for bodies of work that include short fiction, history, essays, biography or journalism. Winston Churchill won for his memoirs, Bertrand Russell for his philosophy and Bob Dylan for his lyrics. Last year’s award was won by American poet Louise Gluck.
Beyond the prize money and prestige, the Nobel literature award generates a vast amount of attention for the winning author, often spurring book sales and introducing less well-known winners to a broader international public.

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