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Abdulrazak Gurnah Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

Abdulrazak Gurnah Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

Abdulrazak Gunrah was born in 1984 and grew up on the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, Nobel Prize which now falls into Tanzania. In 1968, at the age of 18, he came to Britain as a student amidst a violent uprising in his birthplace. Until his recent retirement, the writer has been a professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at the Nobel Prize University of Kent in Canterbury, focusing principally on writers such as Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Salman Rushdie. Also, he was the associate editor of the journal Wasafiri.

On Thursday, Abdulrazak Gurnah, 72, has become Nobel Prize the first Black writer to receive the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993. He is also the first African to win the award in more than a decade, preceded by Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka (1986), Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz (1988), and South African writers Nadine Gordimer (1991) and John M Coetzee (2003).

Gurnah has published ten novels and a number of short stories. His books include Memory of Departure (1987), Pilgrims Way (1988), Dottie (1990), Paradise (1994), Admiring Silence (1996) and By the Sea (2001).

The Swedish Academy published a post that said, it must be stressed that he consciously breaks with convention, upending the colonial perspective to highlight that of the indigenous populations.This decision thus comes as a long overdue corrective and a step in the right direction.

The devastated father of a 19-year-old girl who took her own life said he will never get over the loss of his beloved daughter. While 19-year-old Emily Owen lay in intensive care, following an attempt to take her own life, dad Tim Owen discovered a letter written by the teen.

In the note, Emily begged her family to “not be ashamed of her actions, as reported by the Mirror. “I don’t mind people knowing about what happened to me if it will help them before it’s too late she also wrote.

Sadly Emily died soon after and while Tim will never get over the loss of his daughter, who he described as the “life and soul of the family, her final words have spurred him on. The 51-year-old has spoken out about his daughter’s story today for World Mental Health Day.

The 51-year-old has spoken out about his daughter’s story today for World Mental Health Day.

Tim explained that he believed had it not been for the pandemic and lockdown Emily would still be with him. He said: “Lockdown was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Emily. 

“If she’d talked to somebody such as a professional, I’m sure she’d have been able to pull herself back from the brink. For a lot of teenagers, it was frightening. Catching Covid wasn’t her biggest risk – mental health repercussions were.

Chief executive of PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide Ged Flynn says: “While there is no reliable, statistical evidence of a link between lockdown and an increase in suicide, we know more young people were feeling lonely, distressed and struggling to cope. It is important young people know they are not alone and help is available.

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