Nobel Prize for Literature 2021 will be published by Companhia das Letras

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Four Award Winner Books Nobel Prize in Literature from 2021, Abdulrazak Gurnah will be published exclusively by Company of Letters in 2022.

Born on the island of Zanzibar, now part of Tanzania, in 1948, Gurnah left the country at the age of eighteen as a refugee and settled in the United Kingdom. His literary debut took place in 1987, with the publication of Memory of Departure, and in 1994 released the acclaimed Paradise, finalista do Booker Prize.

For the first time in Brazil, the following titles will be published: Afterlives, Paradise, By the Sea e Desertion.

Afterlives, the author’s most recent book, will be released in the first half of 2022. Set in the beginning of the 20th century, the novel is set against the backdrop of the Maji Maji Rebellion, an armed revolt against German colonial rule in the East African region. Through Ilyas, who was stolen from his parents by German troops and after years returns to his homeland, and three other characters, we follow the individual and collective impacts of the war.

In novels and short stories that invert the colonial perspective and show the cultural plurality of Africa, Gurnah’s writing highlights the experience of refugees in the face of displacement and life in exile, through themes such as memory, belonging and trauma.