Crowd delight or dark choice for the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is a fan favorite. Photo: Philip FONG / AFP/File
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The Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced on Thursday, with speculation in literary circles divided over whether it will go to a late bestselling author or an unknown relative thrust into the spotlight.

The Swedish Academy will reveal its choice at 1:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT) in Stockholm. Last year, the prestigious prize was awarded to British-Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah. The American poet Louise Gluck had won it the previous year.

Literary critics and Nobel Prize watchers are divided into two camps this year.

There are those who see the Academy’s past picks as confirmation that it sees no need to crown big-name authors, especially those who already sell millions of books.

And then there are those who think it’s time to reward a writer known and loved around the world.

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The 18-member Swedish Academy is still recovering from a 2017-2018 #MeToo scandal that left it in tatters, and its controversial award of the 2019 Nobel Prize to Austrian novelist Peter Handke.

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Famous – and lambasted – for its male Eurocentric Nobel Prizes, the revamped Academy has since rewarded an American woman and a man born in Zanzibar whose work focuses on the plight of refugees and exile, colonialism and racism.

The jury has repeatedly asserted that its award is neither political nor subject to gender or ethnic quotas, and insists that its only criterion is the quality of a writer’s work.

“known name”

Nevertheless, “the Academy is now very aware of its reputation for diversity and gender representation, in a totally different way than it was before the scandal of 2017-2018”, Bjorn Wiman, culture editor at the Reference Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, told AFP.

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“I think we can expect a bigger name this year, after last year’s upset,” he said.

Should the Academy lean this way, the prize could go to public favorites Haruki Murakami of Japan, Joyce Carol Oates and Cormac McCarthy of the United States and Margaret Atwood of Canada, all of whom have been mentioned in Nobel Prize speculation. for years.

French writer Michel Houellebecq tops some betting sites ahead of Nobel Literature Prize announcement
French writer Michel Houellebecq tops some betting sites ahead of the Nobel Prize for Literature announcement. Photo: GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP/File
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But after two well-received winners, the Academy could also get into a controversy this time around, with Frenchman Michel Houellebecq, known for his controversial remarks on Islam, among others, topping some betting sites this year. .

Canadian Anne Carson was also a favorite with bookmakers, as was Salman Rushdie, the controversial British author of ‘The Satanic Verses’ who was the victim of an assassination attempt in August.

Another political choice, in the context of the war in Ukraine, would be the Russian novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya, exiled in Berlin and fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin.

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His name has regularly made the rounds of Nobel speculation in recent years, as have Hungarian authors Peter Nadas and Laszlo Krasznahorkai, French novelists Annie Ernaux and Maryse Conde, Norwegians Jon Fosse and Karl Ove Knausgaard, Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong’o , the Croatian Dubravka Ugresic. , the Americans Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, the Antigua-American Jamaica Kincaid and the Israeli David Grossman.

Time for Asia?

Asia hasn’t had a Nobel Prize since China’s Mo Yan 10 years ago.

Awarding the prize to Yan Lianke, an acerbic observer of Chinese society who has had some of his works banned in China, would anger Beijing, and the same goes for Lao Yiwu, known by his pseudonym Lao Wei and considered the “Chinese Solzhenitsyn”. “.

Fellow countryman Can Xue is also considered worthy of the accolade.

Large Western countries top the list of Nobel Prize winners in literature – France tops the list with 15 – while giant nations like China and India have just one each.

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Indian poet and novelist Vikram Seth is considered a possible winner.

The Swedish Academy has long been plagued by alleged leaks, but it is known for its swashbuckling methods of trying to keep its thoughts and Nobel preparatory work secret.

Its deliberations are also sealed for 50 years.

He is known for having a long list that shrinks throughout the year to a short list of five names, before all 18 members vote for a winner.

After Thursday’s announcement, Nobel Prize season continues on Friday with the highly anticipated Peace Prize, the only Nobel announced in Oslo.

Punters have suggested that this year’s price could raise alarm bells about the war in Ukraine or the climate.

The economy price closes on Monday, October 10.

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