Cape Town — Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah has gained the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the consequences of colonialism and the fate of the refugee”, the award-giving physique stated on Thursday.
Gurnah, 72, turned into as soon as born in Zanzibar and moved to Britain as a refugee within the 1960s. He is the first African author to purchase the award since Doris Lessing from Zimbabwe 14 years ago.
Talking to the Nobel Prize’s Adam Smith, Gurnah stated he idea the chance from the Swedish physique’s Everlasting Secretary Mats Malm “turned into as soon as a prank”.
” … I believed it turned into as soon as a prank. I in actuality did. Because, , these devices are on the total floated for weeks beforehand, or as soon as in some time months beforehand, about who will the, , who are the runners because it were, so it’s now not one thing that turned into as soon as in my thoughts the least bit. I turned into as soon as sexy pondering ‘I marvel who’ll internet it’.
Gurnah turned into as soon as to learn to ascertain the Academy’s internet pages, which is what he turned into as soon as doing when the name from Smith came thru.
His Nobel Prize purchase is extremely poignant as the enviornment faces a refugee disaster, and the Academy’s quotation strikes a chord.
“Folks, clearly, were shifting in each place the enviornment. I mediate right here is a… this phenomenon of particularly other folks from Africa coming to Europe is a rather unusual one, but clearly the different… Europeans streaming out into the enviornment is nothing unusual. Centuries of that we own had. So I mediate the motive it’s so now not easy for Europe to extra or less, for heaps of different folks in Europe, for European states, to reach aid to phrases with it’s presumably a internet of… neatly, to within the low cost of a long epic short, a extra or less miserliness, as if there is not always in actuality passable to breeze spherical. When heaps of these other folks who reach, reach out of first want, and because rather frankly they’ve one thing to present. They don’t… they don’t reach empty handed. Loads of them are proficient, full of life other folks, who own one thing to present. So that will maybe maybe presumably be one other manner of fascinated by it. You aren’t sexy taking other folks in as if they’re, , poverty-troubled nothings, but, yeah, deem it as you are first providing succour to other folks who are in want, but additionally other folks who can contribute one thing,” he stated to Smith in their interview.
He has printed ten novels and a series of short tales. The theme of the refugee’s disruption runs within the course of his work.