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Questions tagged [abdulrazak-gurnah]

Questions about the life and works of the Tanzanian-born British novelist (1948– ), winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works include Paradise (1994), By the Sea (2001), and Desertion (2005).

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Where is the story "Cages" set?

The short story "Cages" is by Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian-born British writer. Where is this story set? One character, Mansur, uses a couple of words, zuwarde and msichana, which might be ...
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Was Aziz actually Yusuf's uncle?

Khalil repeatedly tells Yusuf that Aziz is not, in fact, his Uncle, but Yusuf persists in referring to him as such, and the book itself seems to refer to him as his Uncle. For example, In Uncle Aziz'...
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Why did Yusuf own both a Rosary and a Koran?

When Yusuf left with his Uncle Aziz, some of the items he brought included a copy of the Koran and his mother's old rosary. Why would he have had both?
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Why did Gurnah title this story "Cages"?

The short story "Cages" by Abdulrazak Gurnah is about a man, Hamid, who works as a shopkeeper - his day-to-day life and his feelings for the young woman Rukiya who comes to his shop. What is ...
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Why did Yusuf's father have a silver rupee in his pocket?

At one point in Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Yusuf stole a coin from his father's jacket pocket, which ended up being a "silver Rupee." I'm aware of Indian rupees, but they're currently ...
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