OTHERNESS AND LOST IDENTITIES IN EASTERN SOCIETIES IN THE NOVEL PARADISE BY ABDULRAZAK GURNAH

Abstract

Author(s): Mehmet GNES

African originated English author Abdulrazak Gurnah, among the prominent names of postcolonial literature which gained great importance at the last period of the 20th century, stresses the importance of multicultural identity rather than dark nationalism by combining his self-identity with his immigrant identity. By following a different step from his contemporaries Gurnah a new dimension to the themes dealt in the postcolonial literature. In this study, the identity crises experienced by the individuals who are seen as the other because of the colonial mind in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s fourth novel Paradise have been examined and the social problems based on the racial, religious, economic discriminations in African societies have been elaborated.

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