Abdulrazak Gurnah Wins 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature

A huge congratulations is in order for Abdulrazak Gurnah, professor of of English and literature and author of multiple literary works, in being awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Born in Tanzania and having moved to Britain as a young adult as a refugee escaping a civil war in the country, Abdulrazak Gurnah has been able to bring a cross cultural outlook to his works of literature. However, many of his works focus on the experience of the refugee.

He won the Nobel Prize in literature based on his work which is defined as “passionate” and “uncompromising” when it comes to the effects of colonialism.

His literary works are as follows:

  • Paradise
  • By the Sea
  • Desertion
  • Afterlives
  • The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

Gurnah became the 5th native African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.