08 October 2021 - Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature
Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
David Keyton, Jill Lawless and Cara Anna (Sydney Morning Herald, 08/10/2021)
UK-based Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose experience of crossing continents and cultures has fed his novels about the impact of migration on individuals and societies, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Swedish Academy said the award was in recognition of Gurnah’s “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee”.
Who is Abdulrazak Gurnah, the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate?
Shannon McDonagh (Euronews, 07/10/2021)
Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has just been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Literature winner.
The Swedish Academy gathered today to present the award to the Zanzibar born, England-based writer “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents."
Nobel Prize For Literature Honors Post-Colonial Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah
(NBC News, 07/10/2021)
The Nobel Prize for literature honors novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah for his writing on the effects of colonialism in East Africa and its impact on migrating refugees.
Abdulrazak Gurnah: “As if there isn’t enough to go around”
(Nobel Prize, 07/10/2021)
“A kind of miserliness,” is how Abdulrazak Gurnah describes the attitude of some in Europe to refugees. After all, he says, “Europeans streaming out into the world is nothing new” and he suggests those seeking succour also be seen as “talented, energetic people, who have something to give.” In this brief conversation with Adam Smith, recorded just after he had heard the news, his surprise at receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature is evident. “I was just thinking ‘I wonder who’ll get it’”, says Gurnah: “I thought it was a prank, I really did.”