Nobel Prize in Literature Who is Abdulrajak Gurnah?

Tanzanian writer wins 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Zanzibar in 1948 and a refugee in the United Kingdom in 1964, Abdulrazak Gurna was best known for his work on post-colonialism and the fate of refugees.

Not long ago, Abdulrazak Gurnah left his position as Professor of English and Post-colonial Studies at the University of Kent, UK. very young retired especially was “An expert in the work of Kenyan Ngugi Wa Thiongo”, Swiss daily recalls Season. Ironically, Ngugi wa Thiongo was mentioned among the favorites of the Nobel Prize in Literature. But, this 7 October, with Abdürjak Gurnah winning, the Swedish Academy – once again – thwarted the forecasts.

As each new Nobel is awarded, the foreign press takes stock of it. “No black African writer has been awarded the prize since [le Nigérian] Wole Soyinka, in 1986 “, British daily writes Guardian. Gurnah is the first African novelist after South African JM Coetzee in 2003 to receive the Nobel Prize and the fifth holy African writer since the creation of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1901. He is ultimately the first Tanzanian person to have such letters. rewarded..

From Swahili to English, an Important Journey

In 2017, Wire The new winner was interviewed. Gurna was asked by a British daily to tell his story. Shrug of interested party: “Who? I have so many stories to tell, many lives I’ve lived.”

Abdulrajak Gurna was born in 1948 in Zanzibar, on the west coast of Africa. The area gradually sinks into turmoil, as it leaves British protection. Within a span of a few months, in 1963–64, Zanzibar became one

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