2021 Nobel Prize for Literature
The 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature has just been awarded to Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah. He is the seventh African to receive this honor. The announcement was made earlier on October 7, 2021, after a closed-door deliberation by members of The Swedish Academy.
Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Paradise is at once the story of an African boy’s coming of age, a tragic love story, and a tale of the corruption of African tradition by European colonialism. Sold by his father in repayment of a debt, Yusuf is thrown into the complexities of precolonial urban East Africa – a fascinating world in which Muslim black Africans, Christian missionaries, and Indians from the subcontinent coexist in a fragile, subtle social hierarchy. Through Yusuf’s eyes, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence. The result is a page-turning saga that offers unique observations on a seldom-chronicled part of the world.