The Nobel Prize in Literature

Yes, it’s coming up on that time again and the odds-makers are coming alive with their predictions. The is the list of authors I have seen mentioned for the honor:

  • Haruki Murakami
  • Mo Yan
  • Cees Nooteboom
  • Ismail Kadare
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Dacia Maraini
  • Mircea Cartarescu
  • Merethe Lindstrøm
  • Leonard Nolens
  • Adonis
  • Thomas Pynchon
  • Alice Munro
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Philip Roth

Who do you think will win? Who should be on the list that is missing? Personally, I think Murakami will win but he wouldn’t be my choice if I was asked to make the selection. It would be a tough decision but I think I would go with Ismail Kadare.

There’s a lot more to the Nobel Prize than literature and dynamite, so take a peak at the official Nobel Prize web site.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded … see the new post.

4 thoughts on “The Nobel Prize in Literature

  1. Ismail Kadare is in this list for 20 years and I think would be a merit winner! He is translated in more than 50 languages and is a very dynamic writer.

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  2. Do you consider the American writers on the list viable candidates? Are American writers selected for the quality of their writing or for the commercial appeal? Another way of saying this is that only writers with strong commercial appeal get enough attention in the United States to be considered for a reward. Try these names:

    Robert Coover
    William H. Gass
    Ronald Sukenick
    Kathy Acker
    William S. Burroughs.

    Now that I think of it, I throw my support to Burroughs.

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  3. I honestly have no idea. I’m not familiar with some of these writers. I’ll just wait and see.
    By the way, I just posted an excerpt from a survey lit class I’m taking. If you want, check out the list of readings and throw your two cents in. I’m curious!

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