Tanzania’s Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize in literature

, Tanzania’s Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize in literature, Nzuchi Times National News
, Tanzania’s Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize in literature, Nzuchi Times National News

Swedish Academy recognises Tanzanian novelist’s ‘uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee’.

Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in literature, the award-giving body said.

The prestigious prize was awarded on Thursday by the Swedish Academy, which cited Gurnah’s “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee”.

Born in Zanzibar and based in England, Gurnah is a professor at the University of Kent. His novel Paradise was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.

Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature, called him “one of the world’s most prominent post-colonial writers”.

The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.14m).

Last year’s prize went to American poet Louise Gluck for what the judges described as her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”.

, Tanzania’s Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize in literature, Nzuchi Times National News

Gluck was a popular choice after several years of controversy. In 2018, the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners.

The awarding of the 2019 prize to Austrian writer Peter Handke caused protests because of his strong support for the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars.

On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize in physiology or medicine to Americans David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries into how the human body perceives temperature and touch.

The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded on Tuesday to three scientists whose work found order in seeming disorder, helping to explain and predict complex forces of nature, including expanding our understanding of climate change.

Benjamin List and David WC MacMillan were named as laureates of the Nobel Prize for chemistry on Wednesday for finding an easier and environmentally cleaner way to build molecules that can be used to make compounds, including medicines and pesticides.

Still to come are prizes for outstanding work in the fields of peace and economics.

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