Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Abdulrazak Gurnah has contributed to the development of Wasafiri from the beginning, working as a contributing editor since 1987. Born in Zanzibar, he left in the late 1960s and migrated to Britain.

His first novel Memory of Departure, was published in 1987 and was quickly followed by Pilgrim’s Way (1988) and Dottie (1990). His 1994 novel Paradise was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. His most recent novels are By the Sea (2001) and Desertion (2004).

Gurnah is Professor of Literature at the School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, and has edited two volumes of critical work entitled Essays on African Writing: A Revaluation (1993) and Essays on African Literature (1995). He has also published on Wole Soyinka, V S Naipaul and his latest edited work on Salman Rushdie was published in 2008.