Abdulrazak Gurnah | Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature – Online
Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022
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An evening with the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Abdulrazak Gurnah makes a hotly-anticipated appearance at the Festival to discuss Afterlives, his riveting new novel about how German colonial rule destroyed lives in Tanzania. To read Gurnah is to witness a lost Africa come to life, to see Gurnah is to be enchanted by a master storyteller. It is sure to be an extraordinary conversation.
Abdulrazak Gurnah will be in conversation with literary critic Alex Clark.
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Abdulrazak Gurnah is the author of ten novels: Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) The Last Gift, Gravel Heart and Afterlives. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2021, he lives in Canterbury.
Alex Clark is a journalist and broadcaster regularly seen in the pages of the Guardian, Observer and Times Literary Supplement and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book. She co-hosts the Graham Norton Book Club podcast and is a former Man Booker and Orwell Prize judge.
Alex was also appointed as the first female Editor of Granta magazine in May 2008. She was a member of the panel of judges for Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, the 2008 Man Booker Prize, the Encore Award for best second novel and is on the advisory committee of the Folio Prize.