It’s been such a pleasure to read Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah. The novel is quite well-known in the West, having been shortlisted for the. Paradise [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A finalist for the Booker Prize, England’s highest honor for works of. Tales are told of what lies beyond the known world: seas that freeze, a wall built by the giants Gog and Magog, the earthly paradise with its.

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First time I read this work by Abdulrazak Gurnah. Very well written by this African writer.

It’s about a story of Yusuf, an East African boy who was taken by his Uncle Aziz from his family to work for Gurnah’s writing is edged with poetry that brings both humor and heartbreak to nearly every character and scene. This book is one of those journeys that should be read and discussed, and is not just wonderfully told and entertaining, but necessary.


Account Options Sign in. It presents a major African voice to American readers – a voice that prompted Peter Tinniswood to write in the London Times, reviewing My library Help Advanced Book Search. New PressJan 30, – Fiction – pages.

Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Paradise is at once the story of an African boy’s coming of age, a tragic love story, and a tale of the corruption of traditional African patterns by European colonialism. It presents a major African voice to American readers – a voice that prompted Peter Tinniswood to write in the London Times, reviewing Gurnah’s previous novel, “Mr.

Gurnah is a very fine writer. I am certain he will become a great one. At twelve, Yusuf, the protagonist of this twentieth-century odyssey, is sold by his father in repayment of a debt. From the simple life of rural Africa, Yusuf is thrown into the complexities of precolonial urban East Africa – a fascinating world in which Muslim black Africans, Christian missionaries, and Indians from the subcontinent coexist in a fragile, subtle social hierarchy.



Through the eyes of Yusuf, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence. Then, just as Yusuf begins to comprehend the choices required of him, he and everyone around him must adjust to the new reality of European colonialism.

The result is a page-turning saga that covers the same territory as the novels of Isak Dinesen and William Boyd, but does so from a perspective never before available on that seldom-chronicled part of the world. Other editions – View all Paradise: English Abdulrazak Gurnah Full view laradise Paradise Abdulrazak Gurnah Snippet view – Paradise Abdulrazak Gurnah No preview available – Paradise New Press international fiction series.