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Nobel Prize–winner Abdulrazak Gurnah explores Tanzania's colonization in 'Afterlives'

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"Afterlives" author Abdulrazak Gurnah

In 2021, Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his decades of work focusing on colonialism and the refugee experience.

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His newest novel, Afterlives, was originally released in the UK in 2020, and has finally been released here in the US by Riverhead.

I recently spoke with Gurnah about the 20th century German colonization of Tanzania, his publishing process, and the power of language. Here’s our conversation.

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah was published by Riverhead Books.

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