The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Abdulrazak Gurn – Books – Culture +
Hurna writes in English and lives in Britain, and the award was given for “an uncompromising and compassionate insight into the consequences of colonialism and the fate of the refugee,” the academy said.
Gurn was born in 1948 on the island of Zanzibar, but arrived in England in the late 1960s. He is a professor at the University of Kent.
He is the author of ten novels, including Paradise, which was shortlisted for the Bucker Prize in 1994.
Anders Olson, chairman of the Nobel Committee on Literature, described Gurn as “one of the world’s most prominent postcolonial writers.”
With the prize, Gurn is entitled to a cash prize of SEK 10 million (EUR 980,000).
Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the American poetess Louise Glick, who is known for her focus on childhood and family life.