Oct 7, 2021 - World

Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel literature prize

Picture of Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah
Abdulrazak Gurnah. Photo: Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah on Tuesday was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for works that explore the effects of colonialism.

Driving the news: The Swedish Academy said Gurnah received the award "for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents."

  • Anders Olsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Literature, referred to Gurnah as "one of the world’s more pre-eminent post-colonial writers."

State of play: Gurnah is the fifth African and the first in nearly two decades to win the literature prize, the New York Times notes.

  • He will receive a gold medal along with 10 million Swedish kronor, which amounts to over $1.14 million, per AP.

Details: Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and is based in England. He recently retired from his position as a professor of English at the University of Kent. The writer has published 10 novels, with his fourth novel "Paradise" being one of his most known.

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