October 20, 2021

THE CONVERSATION: Nobel winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s fiction traces small lives with wit and tenderness

Gurnah was born in Zanzibar, the archipelago off the Tanzanian coast, in 1948. Then still a British Protectorate, Zanzibar gained independence in December 1963, only to be thrown into the turmoil and violence of the Zanzibar Revolution of January 1964. These are historical events to which he returns in his fiction repeatedly. He left for the UK in 1967 and has lived there ever since, except for a short teaching stint at Bayero University Kano in …

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