Nobel Prize for Literature 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah
from Tanzanìa

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we take from a Tanzanian online newspaper, Mwananchi (Citizen), an article, signed by  Mwandishi Wetu, on the news of the Nobel Prize for literature by a Tanzanian. Here are the salient features:

Abdulrazak Gurnah was declared the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work on neo-colonialism and refugee problems.

Gurnah, born and raised in Zanzibar but fled to England as a refugee in the late 1960s,  wrote 10 novels including "Paradise" which was nominated for the Booker and Whitebread Awards in 1994, which has several references to the famous English Joseph Conrad novel "Heart of Darkness" from 1902.

Until her recent retirement, Gurnah was Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury, focusing on writers such as Wole Soyinka, Ngugi Thiong'o and Salman Rushdie.

The head of the Nobel committee of the Swedish college, Anders Olsson, said that Gurnah's reflection on refugee problems was "just" a topic but "His writing is very engaging at this time for many people, in Europe and in the world. world".

Olsson made his remarks while speaking to reporters, noting that refugee status persisted throughout his career, focusing on identity and personal image, which also appeared in the 1996 novel "Admiring Silence" and "By the Sea "released in 2001.

After the announcement, Gurnah stated that whites should not see refugees from Africa as people who have come to beg, but as people who could make a significant contribution to the new society they are entering.

"They don't come with empty hands, but with talents and power they can use," Gurnah said.

At the university where he teaches, he is described as a scholar whose novels "go back and open our eyes to the diverse cultural landscape of East Africa, so foreign to many parts of the world".

Africa is unknown to many outside the borders.

Gurnah is the fifth African winner of the award, so he joins his predecessors including  Wole Soyinka and JM Coetzee.

Many of his books have painted a picture of East Africa in the colonial era and the post-revolutionary situation in Zanzibar.


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