Marie-Léontine Tsibinda Bilombo


By Simon Johnson and Justyna Pawlak  

Abdulrazak Gurnah reads for a Canterbury Cathedral project in Canterbury© Reuters/CHAPTER OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL Abdulrazak Gurnah reads for a Canterbury Cathedral project in Canterbury

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature « for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee, » the award-giving body said on Thursday.

Based in Britain and writing in English, Gurnah, 72, joins Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka as the only two non-white writers from sub-Saharan Africa ever to win what is widely seen as the world’s most prestigious literary award.

His novels include « Paradise », set in colonial East Africa during the First World War and short-listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and « Desertion ».

« Gurnah’s itinerant characters in England or on the African continent find themselves in the gulf between cultures and continents, between the life left behind and the life to come, » Anders Olsson, head of the Swedish Academy Nobel Committee, told reporters.

« I dedicate this Nobel Prize to Africa and Africans and to all my readers. Thanks! » Gurnah tweeted after the announcement.

He told Reuters the prize was « such a complete surprise that I really had to wait until I heard it announced before I could believe it. »

Gurnah left Africa as a refugee in the 1960s amid the persecution of citizens of Arab origin on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar, which would unite with the mainland territory Tanganyika to form Tanzania. He was able to return only in 1984, seeing his father shortly before his death.

His selection for the top honour in literature comes at a time of global tensions around migration, as millions of people flee violence and poverty in places such as Syria, Afghanistan and Central America, or are displaced by climate change. Olsson said the committee’s choice was not a response to recent headlines, and it had been following Gurnah’s work for years.

Though Swahili was his first language, English became Gurnah’s literary tool when he began writing as a 21-year-old.

He has drawn inspiration from Arabic and Persian poetry as well as the Koran, but the English-language tradition, from William Shakespeare to V. S. Naipaul, would especially mark his work, the Swedish Academy said.


« That said, it must be stressed that he consciously breaks with convention, upending the colonial perspective to highlight that of the indigenous populations, » said the academy, a 235-year-old Swedish language institute which awards the 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14 million) prize.

It was the second literature Nobel in a row awarded to a writer in English, and the fourth of the last six, an unusually long stretch for the prize to be dominated by a single language.

In an interview with the Academy, Gurnah said many Europeans misunderstood the idea of migration.

« When many of these people who come, come out of both need, and also because, quite frankly, they have something to give, » he said. « They don’t come empty handed . A lot of them are talented, energetic people who have something to give. »

« So that might be another way of thinking about it. You are not just taking people in as if they are poverty stricken nothings. »

Eliah Mwaifuge, a professor of literature at Tanzania’s University of Dar es Salaam, said Gurnah « truly deserves this award », although the writer’s work was better known abroad than in Tanzania itself.


Peter Morey, a scholar at the University of Birmingham, singled out Gurnah’s « fearless understanding of the connections between people and places and how they change over time in the face of the boundaries and borders designed to keep them apart. »

« In one of his novels he describes the memory of the exile as being ‘a dim, gutted warehouse with rotting planks and rusted ladders where you spend time rifling through abandoned goods’, » Morey said.

Since Soyinka became the first African to win the prize in 1986, it has been won by Egypt’s Naguib Mahfouz and three white African writers – South Africans Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee, and Doris Lessing, raised in British-ruled Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Past literature winners have primarily been novelists such as Ernest Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, poets such as Pablo Neruda, Joseph Brodsky and Rabindranath Tagore, or playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Eugene O’Neill.

But writers have also won for bodies of work that include short fiction, history, essays, biography or journalism. Winston Churchill won for his memoirs, Bertrand Russell for his philosophy and Bob Dylan for his lyrics. Last year’s award was won by American poet Louise Gluck.

Beyond the prize money and prestige, the Nobel literature award generates a vast amount of attention for the winning author, often spurring book sales and introducing less well-known winners to a broader international public.

($1 = 8.7856 Swedish crowns)

(Reporting by Simon Johnson and Niklas Pollard in Stockholm and Justyna Pawlak in Warsaw; additional reporting by Johan Ahlander in Gothenburg, Guy Faulconbridge in London and Terje Solsvik in Oslo; Editing by Peter Graff)

70 réponses

  1. Gigkxk dit :

    most recommended allergy medication top rated pill for itching skin allergy tablets list

  2. Vzblsq dit :

    prescription for sleep aids buy meloset generic

  3. Avgshf dit :

    what are some nausea medications order frumil 5 mg online

  4. Yhhmmy dit :

    best pimple treatment for teens buy isotretinoin 40mg generic strongest acne over the counter

  5. Dswfkz dit :

    common prescription allergy pills methylprednisolone over the counter piriton allergy tablets canada

  6. Wetnac dit :

    medications that make you nauseous buy clozapine no prescription

  7. Smfxfp dit :

    buy accutane 20mg pill buy isotretinoin pills buy generic accutane 40mg

  8. Jqsurw dit :

    cost amoxil 500mg oral amoxil buy cheap generic amoxicillin

  9. Sipspo dit :

    sleeping tablets without a prescription phenergan 25mg sale

  10. Qisvlb dit :

    order azithromycin 250mg for sale azithromycin 500mg over the counter zithromax usa

  11. Rsxzns dit :

    where can i buy azithromycin azipro 500mg drug order azipro 500mg generic

  12. Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks! https://www.binance.info/join?ref=V3MG69RO

  13. Lwzkzr dit :

    buy prednisolone omnacortil 5mg pill order omnacortil for sale

  14. Ksdvyi dit :

    cheap amoxicillin sale amoxil tablets buy amoxicillin 250mg generic

  15. Tlsnko dit :

    buy doxycycline without prescription acticlate medication

  16. Hkcikp dit :

    oral ventolin 4mg albuterol online buy order albuterol 4mg without prescription

  17. Wospgo dit :

    buy generic augmentin amoxiclav us

  18. Nyrcuz dit :

    buy synthroid generic cheap levothroid online buy levoxyl without prescription

  19. Yterfw dit :

    purchase vardenafil online cheap vardenafil generic

  20. Zhikzs dit :

    buy clomiphene 100mg serophene for sale online clomiphene 100mg brand

  21. Ckxhln dit :

    order tizanidine 2mg online cheap order generic tizanidine 2mg tizanidine price

  22. Qwgchg dit :

    order rybelsus pills purchase semaglutide sale purchase semaglutide pill

  23. Vtjtgs dit :

    deltasone 40mg us order prednisone 20mg online cheap deltasone 10mg tablet

  24. Qtpani dit :

    brand rybelsus 14mg order rybelsus 14 mg online purchase semaglutide generic

  25. Comment savoir avec qui mon mari ou ma femme discute sur WhatsApp, alors vous cherchez déjà la meilleure solution. L’écoute clandestine sur un téléphone est beaucoup plus facile que vous ne le pensez. La première chose à faire pour installer une application d’espionnage sur votre téléphone est d’obtenir le téléphone cible.

  26. Mvfrom dit :

    order accutane 40mg pills accutane 10mg drug isotretinoin order online

  27. Pecscn dit :

    oral albuterol purchase albuterol generic order generic ventolin inhalator

  28. Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me. https://www.binance.info/sl/join?ref=S5H7X3LP

  29. Fweqog dit :

    amoxicillin 250mg oral purchase amoxil without prescription order amoxil 1000mg pills

  30. Znspcs dit :

    augmentin 625mg drug amoxiclav drug augmentin 375mg ca

  31. Lrfevu dit :

    azithromycin 500mg canada azithromycin 500mg sale purchase azithromycin online cheap

  32. Wyjkao dit :

    order synthroid 150mcg for sale synthroid oral levothroid cheap

  33. Luylte dit :

    order prednisolone 20mg generic omnacortil pills prednisolone sale

  34. Mose dit :

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here
    by searching for Home Page

  35. Dolores dit :

    My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.

    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using
    WordPress on a number of websites for about a year
    and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard
    good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my
    wordpress content into it? Any help would be really

  36. Ricardo dit :

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after going through many of the posts I
    realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly pleased
    I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  37. Clifford dit :

    Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is magnificent, as
    well as the content!

  38. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He always kept talking about this. I am going to forward this article to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!

  39. Angela dit :

    Hello there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I’m confident they will be benefited from this website.

  40. Vivien dit :

    I think that everything published was actually very logical.
    However, consider this, suppose you were to create a awesome headline?
    I am not suggesting your content is not solid., however suppose you added a title that grabbed folk’s attention? I
    mean ABDULRAZAK GURNAH – PRIX NOBEL 2021 – mltsibinda.com
    is a little plain. You should glance at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create
    news headlines to get viewers to open the links. You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to grab people excited about everything’ve got to say.
    Just my opinion, it could make your blog a little livelier.

  41. Meagan dit :

    I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else
    experiencing problems with your site. It appears as
    if some of the text in your posts are running off the
    screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let
    me know if this is happening to them too? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve
    had this happen before. Appreciate it

  42. When I originally commented I clicked the « Notify me when new comments are added » checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same
    comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thank you!

  43. Delores dit :

    I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet users,
    its really really fastidious post on building up new web site.

  44. Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I
    was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  45. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of
    any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and
    was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading
    your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  46. Bret dit :

    This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my
    own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.

    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

  47. Dagrmk dit :

    clomid 50mg drug cost clomiphene 50mg purchase clomid without prescription

  48. Ztuxin dit :

    how to buy gabapentin neurontin online buy gabapentin 600mg brand

  49. Xmkoku dit :

    buy furosemide 40mg online order lasix 40mg online generic lasix

  50. Oekmvk dit :

    buy sildenafil pills oral viagra 50mg viagra 100 mg

  51. Certains fichiers photo privés que vous supprimez sur votre téléphone, même s’ils sont définitivement supprimés, peuvent être récupérés par d’autres.

  52. Kxfpqz dit :

    vibra-tabs pills buy doxycycline pills purchase acticlate pill

  53. Yxtfvl dit :

    order semaglutide generic buy generic rybelsus where to buy rybelsus without a prescription

  54. Zkxrbz dit :

    buy levitra medication vardenafil 10mg oral how to get levitra without a prescription

  55. Bjbgep dit :

    pregabalin us pregabalin 150mg cost purchase pregabalin for sale

  56. Slmonq dit :

    plaquenil 400mg canada hydroxychloroquine 200mg brand cheap plaquenil 200mg

  57. Gxicmy dit :

    triamcinolone 10mg generic buy triamcinolone 10mg pills buy aristocort 4mg generic

  58. Wtgzxj dit :

    buy tadalafil pills buy tadalafil 10mg online cheap tadalafil 20mg without prescription

  59. Ivfpzn dit :

    desloratadine buy online buy desloratadine generic desloratadine price

  60. Zhjwfw dit :

    cenforce 50mg brand buy cenforce 50mg generic buy cenforce cheap

  61. Nhfica dit :

    purchase claritin online order claritin online cheap loratadine order online

  62. Thanks for sharing. I read many of your blog posts, cool, your blog is very good. https://www.binance.info/join?ref=DB40ITMB

  63. 3cr2e5etb dit :

    best online pharmacies best online canadian pharmacies
    list of canada online pharmacies [url=http://canadianphrmacy23.com/]Pharmacy[/url]

  64. Rpayfw dit :

    brand chloroquine cost chloroquine chloroquine without prescription

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse courriel ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *