279pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2011) 2012
At the age of sixty-three husband and father Abbas suffers a collapse that renders him unable to speak about his past in the way he thought he would one day have to.
"The Last Gift reminds us that while 'they could no longer resist the coming than they could the tide or the electric storm', each migrant carries a very particular legacy from that journey - how in marked them, and the meanings they make of it." Independent
"A subtle and moving tale of a family coming to terms with itself." Aminatta Forna, Financial Times
Abdulrazak Gurnah is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. He is the author of the novels Memory of Departure, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Dottie, Gravel Heart, Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize) and Afterlives (shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize). He was Professor of English at the University of Kent, and was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2016. He lives in Canterbury.