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Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Abdulrazak Gurnah


Born
in Zanzibar, Tanzania, The United Republic of
December 20, 1948

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Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and lives in England, where he teaches at the University of Kent. The most famous of his novels are Paradise, shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prize; By the Sea, longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Desertion, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2021 "for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents". ...more

Average rating: 3.79 · 15,421 ratings · 1,993 reviews · 22 distinct worksSimilar authors
Paradise

3.60 avg rating — 5,153 ratings — published 1994 — 9 editions
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Afterlives

3.84 avg rating — 2,549 ratings — published 2020 — 33 editions
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Gravel Heart

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By the Sea

3.84 avg rating — 1,590 ratings — published 2001 — 28 editions
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The Last Gift

3.80 avg rating — 1,357 ratings — published 2011 — 15 editions
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Admiring Silence

4.02 avg rating — 827 ratings — published 1996 — 9 editions
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Desertion

3.85 avg rating — 652 ratings — published 2005 — 22 editions
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Memory of Departure

3.80 avg rating — 381 ratings — published 1987 — 7 editions
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Pilgrim's Way

3.82 avg rating — 153 ratings — published 1988 — 7 editions
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Dottie

3.95 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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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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