Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah received the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy said the award was in recognition of his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism”. Born in Zanzibar and based in England, Gurnah is a professor at the University of Kent. His novel “Paradise” was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.

The prestigious award is accompanied by a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $ 1.14 million).