Nobel Prize for Literature
Art and culture
14th Oct, 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah became the fifth African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature on 7th October 2021.
- 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'.