The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah
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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 was awarded to Abdulrazak 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.’
Born in what was then the Sultanate of Zanzibar in 1948, Gurnah came to Britain as a refugee himself in 1968, following the revolution in his native island. Although his first language is Swahili, he has adopted English as his literary language, while incorporating throughout his work phrases and cadences from Swahili, Arabic and German.
From the publisher:
**By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021**Vehement, comic and shrewd, Abdulrazak Gurnah's first novel is an unwavering contemplation of East African coastal lifePoverty and depravity wreak havoc on Hassan Omar's family. Amid…