Tanzanian novelist of colonialism and refuge, wins 2021 Nobel Prize

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Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee,” the award-giving body said on Thursday.

Born in Zanzibar and based in England, Gurnah recently retired as a professor of post-colonial literature at the University of Kent.

He has published 10 novels and a number of short stories. He is best known for his 1994 novel “Paradise”, set in colonial East Africa during World War I, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

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