Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature
Published: 05:30 PM, 7 October 2021 Updated: 03:19 PM, 8 October 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian novelist, has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature; Photo: Collected
Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian novelist, has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Royal Swedish Academy, the award-giving body, announced the winner on Thursday.
“The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 was awarded to Abdulrazak Gurnah for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents,” said the Nobel award-giving body on its website.
Gurnah, whose novels include ‘Paradise’ and ‘Desertion’, writes in English and lives in Britain.
The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14 million).
Besides Gurnah, the American poet Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020.
The announcement for the Nobel Prize in Literature was canceled for the first time in 2018 based on allegations directly against the Nobel Foundation.
Due to the scandal, the Royal Swedish Academy started taking extra precautions in 2018. The structure of the Nobel Committee also changed.
Besides the winner of 2019, the postponed winner of 2018 was also announced that year. Polish author Olga Tokarczuk won the 2017 and Austrian novelist Peter Handke won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Kazuo Ishiguro, a Japanese-descent British writer, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. The academy awarded American rock music legend Bob Dylan in 2016.
Earlier, 14 women won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The late Toni Morrison is the only black woman to have won the Nobel Prize.