Nobel Literature Prize winner to visit Lillehammer next May

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The Norwegian Literature Festival secures the attendance of 2021 Nobel Literature Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah next May.

Just months after winning the prestigious 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature, the once relatively unknown now world-famous author Abdulrazak Gurnah will visit Lillehammer as part of the annual Norwegian Festival of Literature.

Big boost to local literature festival

The largest non-commercial literary festival in the Nordic region will take place in Lillehammer during the summer of next year.

The festival has secured the appearance of the Tanzania-born author whose work on colonialism and post-colonialism adds to the overall ‘British Focus’ theme of the festival.

Gurnah was born on the island of Zanzibar in 1948 and arrived in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s as a refugee.

Seen as an important postcolonial writer, Gurnah was awarded the 2021 Nobel Literature Prize for “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continent.”

This will not be his first visit to Norway, as Gurnah attended the 1999 Kapittel Literature Festival in Stavanger.

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