M G Vassanji
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M G Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He is twice winner of the Giller Prize (1994, 2003) for best work of fiction in Canada; the Governor General's Prize (2009) for best work of nonfiction; the Harbourfront Festival Prize; the Commonwealth First Book Prize (Africa, 1990); and the Bressani Prize. The Assassin's Song was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Prize, the Writers Trust Award, and India's Crossword Prize. His work has been translated into Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Swahili. Vassanji has given lectures worldwide and written many essays, including introductions to the works of Robertson Davies, Anita Desai, and Mordecai Richler, and the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. (Photo: Mark Reynolds)
M G Vassanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He received a BS from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, before going to live in Canada. He is a member of the Order of Canada and has been awarded several honorary doctorates. He lives in Toronto, and visits East Africa and India often.
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And Home Was
The Magic of Saida
The Assassin's Song
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
No New Land
The Book of Secrets
The Gunny Sack
When She Was Queen
Nonfiction & Travel
And Home Was Kariakoo:
a memoir of East Africa
A Place Within: Rediscovering India
|"For a long time it seemed to me
that I would never visit those lost dimensions, experience the
land in its variety, appreciate the diversity of its people...
All it required was the will to do just that...
From Dar es Salaam to Mbeya, Zanzibar to Nairobi, Kilwa to Kigoma... I wished I could go on and on, from place to place, and never stop."
"MG Vassanji travels back to Tanzania."
Interview, Macleans, October 2014
“The New (Asian) African: Politics and Creativity in the 1960s.”
Lecture (2013-2014) in several versions at the University of Indiana, Bloomington; School of Oriental and African Studies (London); Kenyatta University (Nairobi); the University of Nairobi.
“Gandhi: A Personal Discovery.”
Lecture to Gandhi Society, Calgary, Alberta. October 2014
“Physics, Fiction, and Song: On the Influence of Mystical Folk Songs.”
University of Calgary. October 2013
“A Place Called In-between, in the Country of Nowhere.”
The 2012 Arthur Ravenscroft Memorial Lecture, Leeds University, England.
M G Vassanji: Essays on His Works
edited by Asma Sayed
Published by Guernica Press, Toronto
A collection of interpretive essays on the author, along with an extended interview.