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Abdulrazak Gurnah

Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in Zanzibar and is a Tanzanian novelist based in the United Kingdom.  The issues of identity and displacement and how these are shaped by the legacies of colonialism and slavery are central to all Gurnah’s novel. His fourth novel Paradise was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994, Desertion was shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book) in 2006, and By the Sea was shortlisted for the 2001Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Fiction). His latest novel is The Last Gift (2011).

From 1980 to 1982, Gurnah lectured at the Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. He then moved to the University of Kent, where he earned his PhD in 1982. He is now a Professor and Director of Graduate studies there within the Department of English. His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press, 2007).`


  • 2011, The Last Gift
  • 2007, The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie, (editor)
  • 2006, My Mother Lived on a Farm in Africa (Short Stories)
  • 2005, Desertion
  • 2001, By the Sea
  • 1996, Admiring Silence
  • 1994, Paradise
  • 1993, Essays in African Literature: A Re-evaluation (editor)
  • 1990, Dottie,
  • 1988, Pilgrim’s Way,
  • 1987, Memory of Departure

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