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Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in Zanzibar and is now best-known as a novelist. His fourth novel Paradise was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. His latest novel is The Last Gift (2011). His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including Naipaul, Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press 2007). back to top


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Gurnah, A. (2012). The Last Gift: A Novel. London / New Delhi / New York / Sydney: Bloomsbury.
Book section
Gurnah, A. (2012). The Photograph of the Prince. in: Morris, M. and Robson, D. eds. Road Stories. Faber and Faber.
Gurnah, A. (2011). The Urge to Nowhere: Wicomb and Cosmopolitanism. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies [Online] 12:261-275. Available at:
Gurnah, A. (2011). Mid Morning Moon. Wasafiri [Magazine] 26:25-29. Available at:
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Research supervision

He has supervised research projects on the writing of Salman Rushdie, G.V. Desani, V.S. Naipaul, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, George Lamming and Jamaica Kincaid.

Current research students:

  • Christopher Chang, `Creole identity in the Caribbean`
  • Tim Mongiat, `Heteronormative representations in Zimbabwean writing`
  • Mona Almaeen, `Cosmopolitanism, Spirituality and Islamic Feminism`
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Last Updated: 01/09/2017