Abdulrazak Gurnah; The Nobel laureate for English literature 2021
Ran for life in his 20’s, feared for the terror, and settled in London. Racism, discrimination, and nationality made him suffer his old days. Now the fruit has ripened and he won Nobel Prize for his wonderful piece of work “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.”
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Gurnah is from Tanzania which was earlier called as “Sultanate of Zanzibar” he became a refugee in the United Kingdom in 1960. Luckily he forwarded with education and completed his Doctorate in Literature at the University of Kent. Now, he is an Emeritus Professor of English and Postcolonial Literatures at the same university.
He is the author of many short stories, essays, and ten novels. His theme of writings includes exile, displacement, and belonging, alongside colonialism and broken promises on the part of the state. Most of his novels focus on telling stories about social and humanitarian issues, especially about war or crisis-affected individuals living in the developing world that may not have the capability of telling their own stories to the world – or documenting their experiences.
Gurnah’s muse for writing was homesickness in his 20’s. He started with writing down thoughts in his diary, which turned into longer reflections about home; and eventually grew into writing fictional stories about other people.
This created a habit of using writing as a tool to understand and record his experience of being a refugee, living in another land, and the feeling of being displaced. At one point he quoted that “I came to England when these words, such as asylum-seeker, were not quite the same – more people are struggling and running from terror states.”
Being a refugee and surviving on another land seems to be the roughest and hard through physical as well as mental. Gurnah survived all struggles from his childhood to Nobel Prize-winning. A human with an awe personality came across riots in his motherland, migration, discrimination, education and to the point, he has proven the world by his writings.
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