Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won this year's Nobel Prize in literature.
"For his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents," the Swedish Academy announced Thursday morning.
The award comes with more than $1 million in prize money.
Gurnah was born in 1948. He was previously a professor of English and postcolonial literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, until his retirement.