Abdulrazak Gurnah is a Tanzanian novel writer who was born on December 20, 1948, in the heart of Spice Island, Zanzibar.
He travelled to England in the year 1968, seven years after his motherland Tanzania gained its independence and up to date, he is residing in England where he recently retired as a professor of literature at the University of Kent.
Despite teaching at the university he has been editing different articles, books and journals. He is currently an editor of a famous journal called ‘Wasafiri’ (which means Travellers).
Apart from the Nobel Prize, he has also won Booker Prize for Fiction award in 1994, Times Book Prize (Fiction), Los Angeles in 2001 and Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book) in 2006.
Abulrazak Gurnah has become one amongst few Africans to win a Nobel Prize in history since its inauguration early in 1901.
He has published 10 novels which are; The Last Gift (2011), The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie (2007), Desertion (2005), By the Sea (2001), Admiring Silence (1996), Paradise (1994), Essays in African Literature: A Re-evaluation (1993), Dottie (1990), Pilgrim’s Way (1998) and Memory of Departure (1987).