Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for works that discover the legacies of imperialism on uprooted people.

The Swedish Academy stated the award was in recognition of his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the results of colonialism and the destiny of the refugee within the gulf between cultures and continents.”

Born in Zanzibar in 1948 and primarily based in England, Gurnah is a professor on the College of Kent. He’s the creator of 10 novels, together with Paradise, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.

Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel Committee for literature, known as him “one of many world’s most distinguished post-colonial writers.”

The distinguished award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.44 million Cdn). The prize cash comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1896.

Final yr’s prize went to American poet Louise Gluck for what the judges described as her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere magnificence makes particular person existence common.”

Gluck was a well-liked alternative after a number of years of controversy. In 2018 the award was postponed after intercourse abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive physique that chooses the winners. The awarding of the 2019 prize to Austrian author Peter Handke induced protests due to his sturdy assist for the Serbs throughout the Nineteen Nineties Balkan wars.

The Nobel Committee awarded prizes for drugs, physics and chemistry earlier this week.

Nonetheless to come back are prizes for excellent work within the fields of peace and economics.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/nobel-literature-1.6202807?cmp=rss | Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Aila Slisco

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