Abdulrazak Gurnah with Sonora Jha
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2022-23 Literary Arts Series commences on a high note with 2021 Nobel Laureate, novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah taking the Town Hall Seattle stage. The author of such novels as Paradise, Desertion, and By the Sea, story and essay collections, and editor of numerous anthologies, he is here with his newest novel to be published in the US, Afterlives (Riverhead).
“Riveting. . . . Gurnah’s spare, unvarnished prose shines a harsh but honest light on the brutality of Africa’s colonial past. . . and through his rich main characters, the impact of colonialism and other key global events truly hits home. This profound account of empire and the everyman is not to be missed.” –Publishers Weekly.
“Riveting and heartbreaking. . . A compelling novel, one that gathers close all those who were meant to be forgotten, and refuses their erasure.” –Maaza Mengiste, The Guardian.
“To read Afterlives is to be returned to the joy of storytelling as Gurnah takes us to the place where imagined lives collide with history.” –Aminatta Forna.
In conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah this evening will be Seattle University professor and author Sonora Jha, author most recently of How to Raise a Feminist Son, with a new novel, The Laughter, due to be released in early 2023.
Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Elliott Bay Book Company will be present with books by Abdulrazak Gurnah for sale.