SOAS University of London

Booker Prize shortlisted novelist on writing about the African Indian Ocean

12 June 2013

Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah will be speaking at the annual 2013 Centre for Africa Studies (CAS) lecture at SOAS, University of London.

The lecture will be taking place on Monday 17 June at 6pm in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre at SOAS.

Professor Gurnah is best known for his novel Paradise, which was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Prize.

He will discuss writing about the African Indian Ocean by authors such as Joseph Conrad, Karen von Blixen-Finecke and the Naipauls, and by means of his own writing.

Born in Zanzibar, Professor Gurnah moved to Britain in 1968. His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India.

Professor Gurnah’s most recent novel is The Last Gift (2011). He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is also the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press 2007).

The event will be presented by Dr Michael Jennings, Chair of CAS, and Professor Mpalive Msiska, Reader in English & Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London will join the discussion.

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