Stockholm – Tanzanian writer Abdul Razak Gurna has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Swedish Academy said the award recognized “an uncompromising and sympathetic penetration of the effects of colonialism.”
Born in Zanzibar and residing in England, Guarna is a professor at the University of Kent. Her novel “Paradise” was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.
Anders Olson, chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature, called him “one of the world’s leading colonial writers.”
The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and more than $ 1.14 million. The prize money came from the creators of the prize given by the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.
In the past, the award has honored poets, novelists and songwriter Bob Dylan. Last year’s prize was awarded by the American poet Louis Glock for what the judges described as “universalizing the individual’s existence with a poignant beauty.”
After many years of controversy, Gluck was a popular choice. In 2018, the award was postponed after allegations of sexual harassment shook the Swedish Academy, which selects the winner. The 2019 prize was awarded to Austrian writer Peter Handke for his strong support for Sarbery during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
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On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded Americans David Julius and Ardem Pataputian the prize for discovering how the human body perceives temperature and touch in physiology or medicine.
The Nobel Prize in Physics was presented to three scientists on Tuesday, whose work highlights disorder, helping to explain and predict the complex forces of nature, including expanding our understanding of climate change.
Benjamin List and David WC Macmillan were named Wednesday’s Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, finding an easy and environmentally friendly way to build molecules that can be used to make compounds, including drugs and pesticides.
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Prizes will still be awarded for outstanding work in the fields of peace and economics.