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Extending sympathies to the new laureate
Abdulrazak Gurnah has been grappling with his African identity and how it relates to the history of migrations and colonialism in East Africa The French poet, Rene Proudhomme, who was the first Nobel Literature laureate in 1901, wrote in his famous ‘The Broken Vase’: Thus often does the hand we love, barely touching the heart, wound it. Then the heart cracks by itself and the flower of its love dies.