Nobel Literature Prize 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah named winner – BBC News

Nobel Literature Prize 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah named winner – BBC News

The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature says he thought the phone call telling him he’d won was a cold caller.

Luckily, Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah was persuaded not to hang up.

The Swedish Academy praised Gurnah for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism”.

The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14m / £840,000).

Gurnah, 73, is the author of 10 novels, including Paradise and Desertion.

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