Nobel literature prize awarded to Tanzania’s Abdulrazak Gurnah

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The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded this year to Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee,” the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday. Gurnah was born on the island of Zanzibar in 1948, but following the end of British rule in 1963 Gurnah faced persecution due to his Arab ethnicity, and was forced to flee, eventually arriving in Britain as a refugee in the late 1960s. Living in Britain ever since, he taught at the University of Kent until his retirement. “We are absolutely delig…

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