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Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Tanzanian novelist Abulrazak Gurnah Nobel Prize
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Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Tanzanian novelist Abulrazak Gurnah

IBNS | @indiablooms | 07 Oct 2021, 05:51 pm

Stockholm/UNI/Sputnik/IBNS: The 2021 Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to Tanzanian novelist Abulrazak Gurnah on Thursday.

"The 2021 #NobelPrize in Literature is awarded to the novelist 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," the official Twitter account of the Nobel Prize said.

Gurnah was born in 1948 and grew up on the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean but arrived in England as a refugee in the end of the 1960’s.

Gurnah has published ten novels and a number of short stories. The theme of the refugee’s disruption runs throughout his work. He began writing as a 21-year-old in English exile, and even though Swahili was his first language, English became his literary tool.

He has said that in Zanzibar, his access to literature in Swahili was virtually nil and his earliest writing could not strictly be counted as literature.

Arabic and Persian poetry, especially The Arabian Nights, were an early and significant wellspring for him, as were the Quran’s surahs. But the English-language tradition, from Shakespeare to V. S. Naipaul, would especially mark his work.