Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah – Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Humanities Lecture in partnership with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. He is the author of ten novels: Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) The Last Gift, Gravel Heart, and Afterlives, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. He was Professor of English at the University of Kent, and was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2016. He lives in Canterbury.
About the Lecture:
Rereading: It seems, at times, that literary texts are only too quickly neglected, or go out of print, and disappear from the conversation. This may be because the moment of their impact has changed or circumstances have forced other issues into the foreground. Abdulrazak Gurnah will reflect on this sometimes undeserved obsolescence and will discuss the revival of texts through re-reading.
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