Abdulrazak Gurnah


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Zanzibar, Tanzania, The United Republic of
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Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and lives in England, where he teaches at the University of Kent. He is the author of seven novels, which include PARADISE, shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prizes; BY THE SEA, longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and DESERTION, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.

Average rating: 3.68 · 1,952 ratings · 239 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Paradise

3.57 avg rating — 571 ratings — published 1994 — 12 editions
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By the Sea

3.61 avg rating — 325 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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Desertion

3.61 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 2005 — 11 editions
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The Last Gift

3.51 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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Gravel Heart

3.60 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 2017 — 7 editions
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Admiring Silence

3.84 avg rating — 74 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
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Memory of Departure

3.92 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1987 — 4 editions
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The Cambridge Companion to ...

4.10 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2007 — 4 editions
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Dottie

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Essays in African Writing, ...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1995
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“I speak to maps. And sometimes they something back to me. This is not as strange as it sounds, nor is it an unheard of thing. Before maps, the world was limitless. It was maps that gave it shape and made it seem like territory, like something that could be possessed, not just laid waste and plundered. Maps made places on the edges of the imagination seem graspable and placable.”
Abdulrazak Gurnah, By the Sea

“Respect yourself and others will come to respect you. That is true about all of us, but especially true about women. That is the meaning of honour.”
Abdulrazak Gurnah, Paradise

“Sometimes I think it is my fate to live in the wreckage and confusion of crumbling houses.”
Abdulrazak Gurnah, By the Sea

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