Abdulrazak Gurnah is the seventh winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature that we have had the pleasure of interviewing Second Page; they are in front of him Svetlana AleksievichMario Vargas Llosa, Orhan Pamuk, José Saramago, Annie Ernaux y JMG Le Clézio. Gurnah won it in the year 2021. He is the sixth African writer to receive the award for 120 years of the award’s existence.
In the speech at the Academy his most famous novels were discussed: paradise (1994), In the Sea (2001), Desertion (2005) or After Life (2020). We talked to The abandoned (Salamandra), where he uses an uncompromising critique of the effects of colonialism and the fate of refugees in the gap between cultures and continents.
Now emeritus, Gurnah He served for decades as a professor of English Literature at the University of Kent. It was built on England in 1968, fled the revolution in Zanzibar (now Tanzania). So he has intimate knowledge of fracture and pain EXILE. It rejects victimization and emphasizes the cultural richness that immigrants bring.
The abandoned thrive on 1899on East Africa. He didn’t He went to the mosque to gather for the first prayer of the day, and was shocked to discover the bruised body of a white man. about Martin Pearce, an English writer and traveler. After taking care of him with the help of his sister Rehana, Martin falls in love with a young woman. With her he had an illicit relationship where a daughter would be born, which would end up sealing the fate of many generations.
Gurnah: “Through writing I try to understand the atrocities committed in the name of law and progress, and how they are believed to be morally good.”