Abdulazak Gurna


October 23, 2021

Abdulrazak Gurnah (born 20 December 1948) is a Tanzanian novelist and critic based in England. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021.


Abdulazak Gurna was born on December 20, 1948 in the Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania). At the age of 18, following the persecution of Arab citizens in Zanzibar in the wake of the Zanzibar Revolution, he left Zanzibar to become a refugee and settled in England in 1968. “I came to England at a time when words like asylum-seeker were completely different,” Gurna said. “More and more people are fighting and fleeing terrorist countries.” Bachelor degree from Christchurch University, Canterbury In 1982, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Kent with a thesis entitled Criteria in the Criticism of West African Fiction. From 1980 to 1983 he worked as a lecturer at Kano University of Valero, Nigeria and later as a professor of English at the University of Kent. He participated in the editing of the two-volume Essays on African Writing and published articles on several post-colonial writers, including VS Naipol. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of his "compassionate and sympathetic infiltration of refugees in the Gulf of Sai."


There are no works translated into Korean yet.

Feature Fiction

Memory of Departure (1987) Pilgrims Way (1988) Dottie (1990) Paradise (1994) Admiring Silence (1996) By the Sea (2001) Desertion (2005) The Last Gift (2011) Gravel Heart (2017) Afterlives, 2020

Short story

Cages (1984) The Boss (Bossy, 1994) Escort (1996) The Photograph of the Prince (2012) My Mother Lived on a Farm in Africa, 2006 The Arriver's Tale (2016) The Stateless Person’s Tale (2019)


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