DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania’s authorities hailed Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah on Thursday for successful the Nobel Literature Prize, calling it a “victory” for the nation and the African continent.
Gurnah, who grew up on the island of Zanzibar however arrived in England as a refugee on the finish of the Sixties, is the fifth African to win the prize.
“You have certainly done justice to your profession, your victory is for Tanzania and Africa,” the federal government’s chief spokesperson stated on Twitter.
Born in 1948, Gurnah has printed 10 novels and plenty of quick tales focusing post-colonialism and the plight of refugees.
The Swedish Academy stated Gurnah was honoured “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.”
“His novels recoil from stereotypical descriptions and open our gaze to a culturally diversified East Africa unfamiliar to many in other parts of the world,” the Nobel Basis added.
Gurnah advised the Nobel Prize web site he was shocked to get the decision from the Swedish Academy.
“I thought it was a prank,” he stated. “These things are usually floated for weeks beforehand… so it was not something that was in my mind.”