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Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    14th Oct, 2021

Context

Abdulrazak Gurnah became the fifth African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature on 7th October 2021.

Key Highlights

  • He was awarded for his Contribution "in a non-judgmental sympathy for the effects of colonialism and the fate of the fugitive in the gap between cultures and continents."
  • It was taken from his novel famous the premise of 'Paradise' 1994.
  • It examines the fate of young African Arabs enlisted for the German occupation in World War I.
  • Some of his famous writings: His writing explores the immigrant experience and how exile and loss shape identities and cultures.
    • Memory of Departure (1987)
    • Pilgrims Way (1988)
    • Paradise (1994)
    • By the Sea (2001)
    • Desertion (2005)
    • Gravel Heart (2017)
    • Afterlives (2020)
  • His books contain African characters who are trying to embrace segregation, looking at societies and cultures.
  • His work draws attention to the extent to which prejudice and discrimination against communities and religions perpetuate oppressive cultures.
  • In 1994, he won the Booker Prize for his fiction ‘Paradise’.
  • In 2001, He was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 'Desertion' and 'By the Sea'.
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