Q&A with Abdulrazak Gurnah about latest novel ‘Afterlives’: “These stories have been with me all along…”

By AiW Guest: Judyannet Muchiri.
Judyannet Muchiri: This is a heavy story and yet there are moments of stillness, joy, love, and tenderness, if you will. I wonder how it is for you as a writer to capture this human existence in its totality as you have done in Afterlives. 

Abdulrazak Gurnah: My interest was not to write about the war or the ugliness of colonialism. Instead I want to make sure the context in which war and colonialism happened is understood. And that the people in that context were people with entire existences. I want to show how people who are wounded by the war and by life itself cope in these circumstances. Using the unexpected kindnesses in the story, I wanted to show that there is potential for kindness in people and sometimes circumstances can draw such kindness from us. 

CFP: ‘Displacements. Forced Migration and the Arts’, Aarhus/Denmark 3-5 October 2013 (deadline 15 April)

Call for Papers Deadline for proposals: 15 April contact: displacements2013@hum.au.dk website: http://conferences.au.dk/displacements/ Displacements: Forced Migration and the Arts Aarhus University, Denmark October 3-5, 2013 Displacement is and has always been one of the fundamental forms of human existence. Throughout history and all over… Read More ›