Abdulrazak Gurnah is Comma's 2nd Nobel prize winner!

Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the 2021 Nobel prize in literature, becoming the first black African writer in 35 years to win the award.

Gurnah won the award for his "uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents" reported The Guardian

Gurnah's novel Paradise was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1994, and his novel By the Sea was longlisted in 2001.

Abdulrazak Gurnah is the second Comma published author to win the Nobel prize – in 2016 Gurnah contributed to our anthology Refugee Tales to re-tell the true stories of refugees in collaboration with the charity Refugee Tales.

The first Nobel prize winner Comma published was Olga Tokarczuk, who appeared in our anthology Elsewhere: Stories from Small Town Europe.

Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and teaches at the University of Kent. He is the author of seven novels which include Paradise (shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prizes), By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the RFI Temoin du monde prize) and Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize).