Abdulrazak Gurnah

Tanzania’s Abdulrazak Gurnah joins Man Booker 2016 judging panel

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah will be joining the judging panel of the 2016 Man Booker Prize jury that was announced yesterday.

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah’s novel, Paradise was shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 1994 while By the Sea was longlisted in 2001 so he will probably have a clue as to this whole Booker thing. His last novel was The Last Gift (2011).

Apart from novels he has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, was 2003 chair of judges of The Caine Prize for African Writing, and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie. He is a professor and Director of Graduate studies at the University of Kent.

He is joined by the chair of the jury this year by Biographer and historian Amanda Foreman and others.


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  1. […] Abdulrazak Gurnah is a Tanzanian novelist, who writes in English and is based in the United Kingdom. The most famous of his novels are Paradise (1994), which was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prize, Desertion (2005), and By the Sea (2001), which was longlisted for the Booker and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His other titles are Memory of Departure (1987), Pilgrims Way (1988), Dottie (1990), Admiring Silence (1996), The Last Gift (2011), Gravel Heart (2017), and Afterlives (2020) which made the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021 shortlist. He also wrote the short story collection My Mother Lived on a Farm in Africa (2006). He was also a professor of English at the University of Kent and was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2016. […]

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