The novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah received the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday.
Gurnah was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar however arrived in the UK as a refugee within the Sixties and lives there right now.
His work focuses on the expertise and id of refugees.
The Swedish Academy, which choses the winners, stated it had chosen Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the results of colonialism and the destiny of the refugee within the gulf between cultures and continents.”
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It comes after a rocky few years for the celebrated award, which went to American poet Louise Glück final 12 months — a extra fashionable selection after a run of controversy.
The prize was postponed in 2018 after intercourse abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy.
There have been protests in 2019 after it was given to the Austrian author Peter Handke due to his sturdy help for the Serbs in the course of the Nineties Balkan wars.
In 2016, the academy broke with custom and handed the prize to Bob Dylan, the primary musician to win the award.
In addition to the worldwide recognition, Gurnah will obtain a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (greater than $1.14 million). The cash comes from the property of the prize’s founder, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.
Till his latest retirement, Gurnah was Professor of English and postcolonial literatures on the College of Kent, within the U.Ok. In 1994, his novel “Paradise” was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
On Wednesday, Benjamin Checklist of Germany and Scotland-born David W.C. MacMillan received the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
And on Tuesday, Japanese-born American Syukuro Manabe, German Klaus Hasselmann and Italian Giorgio Parisi received the Nobel Prize in physics.
On Monday, U.S.-based scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medication.
Alexander Smith contributed.