Tanzanian novelist Abdul Razzaq Jarna was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday (07/10).
In announcing the award, the Swedish Academy praised Horn for portraying “the effects of colonialism” in a “relentless and compassionate way”. The prize is currently worth 10 million Swedish kronor (6.2 million Brazilian reals).
Kornet, author of 10 novels, is now 73 years old. His most famous books are Paradise (Paraiso, unpublished in Portuguese) and Exile (Desircao, also unpublished in Portuguese).
Published in 1994, and telling the story of a boy growing up in Tanzania in the early 20th century, the book was awarded the Booker Prize, marking Gurna’s proclamation as a writer.
The Nobel Committee for Literature said: “Abdul-Razzaq Qurna’s devotion to truth and his aversion to simplification are admirable.”
“His novels break with stereotypes and open our eyes to a culturally diverse East Africa unknown to many in other parts of the world.”
“[Seus] The characters find themselves in a chasm between cultures and continents, between the life that exists and the life that arises; In a state of insecurity that can never be resolved.”
Born in the Tanzanian city of Zanzibar in 1948, Jarna came to the UK as a refugee in the late 1960s and, in England, became Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Kent, where he recently retired.
The Nobel Prizes have been awarded since 1901 to honor achievements in literature, science, peace, and economics.
Previous winners have included novelists such as Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel García Márquez and Svetlana Alexievich, storytellers such as Alice Munro and poets such as Pablo Neruda.
People in other regions were also honored. For example, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill won the prize for his memoirs. Musician Bob Dylan earned his words and philosophy by Bertrand Russell. The first Portuguese writer to win the prize was José Saramago in 1998.
Last year, American poet Louise Gluck was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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