The win is a landmark. Gurnah is only the fourth black person to win the prize in its 120-year history. “He is one of the greatest living African writers » his agent says.
Gurnah grew up on Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, in the 1950s and 60s. During the revolution there, he and his brother escaped to Britain. Gurnah lived for 17 years in Britain before setting foot in Zanzibar again. In the meantime he had blossomed into a writer. Several of his novels deal with leaving, dislocation and exile.
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