Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Books & Debates

Abdulrazak Gurnah in Conversation

Thu 19 May 2022
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2021 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah in conversation with Nima Elbagir

In this conversation with Nima Elbagir, senior international correspondent for CNN, Gurnah discusses his work and his childhood in Zanzibar, a core inspiration for the socio-political texture of his novels, given its unique history as a nexus of Arab, European and African trade and colonialism.

Touching on oft-overlooked African-Arab culture and heritage, Gurnah and Elbagir will explore the art of uncompromisingly and compassionately narrating the effects of colonialism, how the confluence of geography, history and politics impact his literary heritage and his motivations as a writer