Tanzanian writer Abdulrajak Gurnah was on Tuesday awarded with Nobel Prize in Literature for works that explored the effects of imperialism.
running news: The Swedish Academy said that Gurnah received the award “for his non-compromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the refugee’s fate in the gap between cultures and continents”.
- Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature, referred to Gurna as “one of the world’s foremost post-colonial writers”.
state of play: Gurna is the fifth African and the first to win a literary prize in nearly two decades, The New York Times notes.
- He will receive a gold medal worth 10 million Swedish kronor, which is more than $1.14 million. AP.
description: Gurna was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and is based in England. He has recently retired as Professor of English at the University of Kent. The author has published 10 novels, with his fourth novel “Paradise” being one of his most famous novels.