Abdul Razzaq Garnah


October 28, 2021

Abd al-Razzaq Qarnah (born December 20, 1948); A Tanzanian novelist of Arab-Yemeni descent, he writes in English and resides in the United Kingdom. His most famous novels are Heaven (1994), which was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and Whitbread, and Abandonment (2005), and By the Sea (2001), which was longlisted and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature for his “uncompromising foresight and sympathy for the fate of the refugee caught in the chasm of differences between cultures and continents.”

Life and Job

Abd al-Razzaq Salem Garnah was born in the Sultanate of Zanzibar, off the coast of East Africa, and went to Britain as a student in 1968. He initially studied at Canterbury Christchurch University, which at the time awarded its degrees from the University of London. He then moved to the University of Kent where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1982. From 1980 to 1982, Garnah lectured at Bayero Kano University in Nigeria. He is now Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Kent in the Department of English. His main academic interest is post-colonial literature and colonial-related discourses, particularly with regard to Africa, the Caribbean, and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing and has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers. He has been a contributing editor for Wasafiri magazine since 1987. On October 7, 2021, he was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his uncompromising and passionate penetration into the effects of colonialism and refugee destinies in the intercultural and intercontinental Gulf".



"Memory of Departure" (1987) "Pilgrims' Way" (1988) "Dottie" (1990) "Paradise" (1994) "Admiring the Silence" (1996) "By the Sea" (2001) "Abandonment" (2005) "The Last Gift" (2011) "Heart of Pebbles" (2017) "Life After Death" (2020)

Short Stories

"My mother lived on a farm in Africa" ​​(2006)


External links

Abdul Razzaq Garnah at The Open Library (English) UK portal flags gate tanzania portal literature portal Nobel Prize portal

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