Nobel thoughts 2016


Well today is the day , we see who has won the nobel prize for literature. As ever I have been following the betting for the last week or so . Unlike other years the betting has been fairly stable and the names on the list the same as other years. The lead name this year is Ngugi Wa Thiong’o the Kenyan writer , he writes a lot about the colonial and post colonial times in his native land. I have reviewed him  . Then next on the list is Haruki Murakami , I still think it isn’t his time yet , I know others think it is but for me he needs to write that one defining book. Then we have Adonis the Syrian poet has been on the list for many years , I have once feature a poem by him about childhood. THen we Have Don Delillo has risen in recent days in the betting now for me he is maybe the best American to win ,he has written the book so to speak Underworld is a true epic , I have reviewed him once on the blog . The we have Jon Fosse I read him earlier this year and for me he maybe along side Thiong’o is the best place to be the nobel winner .his writing capture the feeling of modern Scandinavia . Well there we go , of course there is a number of outsiders as ever , now for me there is Javier Marias, Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Peter handke all writer that would be worthy winners but maybe not yet , but wouldn’t be shocked if they did win today.Then there would be the shock winner not translated into english yet , lets say Ulrich holbein for example.  So 11.45 today we find out have you thoughts ?

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Hill
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 06:13:23

    This article is interesting, it analyses different interpretations of the criteria for winning over time:
    (And while I don’t subscribe to the gender equity argument that the prize should keep going to women until the stats look fairer, it’s interesting that the article doesn’t address gender issues at all. I would go so far as to say that it ignores the whole idea of equity of any kind, arguing that the prize is about literary values alone. Whatever that means).


  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 08:20:32

    I’d like to see some Russians in there…. 🙂


  3. Dina
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 11:47:51

    A pity Jon Fosse wasn’t recognised …


  4. kimbofo
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 21:51:20

    So… what did you think of the winner, Stu???


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