A reflection on the implications of 'rendering' into English concepts and and beliefs that derive from another culture and language, in particular from the perspective of writing fiction and the issues that arrive from this process.
Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of East Africa. He came to Britain as a student in 1968. From 1980 to 1982, Gurnah lectured at the Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. He then moved to the University of Kent, where he earned his PhD in 1982. He is now a Professor and Director of Graduate studies there within the Department of English. His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is associate editor of the journal Wasafiri. His novels include Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker and the Whitbread Prize), By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker and shorlisted for the LA Times Book Award), and Desertion.