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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 was awarded to 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.’ 

Born in what was then the Sultanate of Zanzibar in 1948, Gurnah came to Britain as a refugee himself in 1968, following the revolution in his native island. Although his first language is Swahili, he has adopted English as his literary language, while incorporating throughout his work phrases and cadences from Swahili, Arabic and German.

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**By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021**'There is a wonderful sardonic eloquence to this unnamed narrator's voice' Financial Times'I don't think I've ever read a novel that is so convincingly and hauntingly sad about the…

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**By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021**An extraordinary depiction of the life of an immigrant, as he struggles to come to terms with the horror of his past and the meaning of his pilgrimage to EnglandDear Catherine, he…

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**By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021**Vehement, comic and shrewd, Abdulrazak Gurnah's first novel is an unwavering contemplation of East African coastal lifePoverty and depravity wreak havoc on Hassan Omar's family. Amid…

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By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021A searing tale of a young woman discovering her troubled family history and cultural pastDottie Badoura Fatma Balfour finds solace amidst the squalor of her childhood by spinning warm tales…

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Early one morning in 1899, in a small town along the coast from Mombasa, Hassanali sets out for the mosque. But he never gets there, for out of the desert stumbles an ashen and exhausted Englishman who collapses at his feet. That man is…

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BY THE WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 2021SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2021LONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE 2021'Riveting and heartbreaking ... A compelling novel, one that gathers close all those who…

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Born in East Africa, Yusuf has few qualms about the journey he is to make. It never occurs to him to ask why he is accompanying Uncle Aziz or why the trip has been organised so suddenly, and he does not think to ask when he will be…

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On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which there lies his most precious possession - a mahogany box containing incense. He…

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