My Nobel literature four I know and four on my radar



















Its that time of year again when its the Nobel after missing last year there will be two winners the feeling is one female and probably both none English writers. This still brings up the chance of the few writers that well regard in their countries and have yet to reach us in English my tip of these is Ulrich Holbein a left-field choice a writer that uses others words and his owns any way for this year I have chosen to pick four writers i have reviewed and four I am yet to get too.

Cesar Aira- The Argentinean is prolific as a writer I have only reviewed him once although I have few more on my shelves he is experimental in style and maybe hadn’t grabbed me yet in the two books I had read. But he is one that would be a great choice.

Andres Neumann – Again another writer from Argentina is maybe a personal choice as I like him as a writer so much he has written novels and short stories I have reviewed a few and I know he has another book due in translation next year. My favorite is still travelers of the century 

Scolastique Mukasonga The Rwandan writer books capture the horrors of the  Rwandan Genocide I have reviewed two books by her and know there is another book by her in English available. I really touched by her tale of a school caught up in the genocide Our lady in the nile

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o The Kenyan has been mention as a Nobel winner since I have been blogging and maybe it is his year I have reviewed his best-known book A grain of wheat

Now to the four, I haven’t read I have books by three of them and am waiting for a book by the fourth.

Maryse Conde A French writer from Guadeloupe her best know book is Seug I have the recent Penguin modern classic edition of it. She won the alternative Nobel last year when the proper prize was canceled.

Lyudmila Ulitskaya  The Russian is maybe isn’t as well known as she should be her best k=novel Daniel Stein Interpreter her books on read Russia are described as she is known for creating vivid characters who populate fiction that is set in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras and often includes elements of history and science. I have The funeral party by her to read.

Mircea Cărtărescu The Romanian is a name that has been high on the list of betting the last few years I am under the Belief his best book called Solenoid has yet to reach us in English although on twitter it has a publisher  for it I have vol1 of Blinding his three vol work but not sure if the other two will be published a Nobel win would maybe get them out. 

Gerald Murnane – The Australian is an outside chance if they chose an English writer I can’t see it this time maybe next year.

Then we have others like Murakami, Tokarczuk, Nadas, and Krasznarhorkai in the betting. What are your thoughts?

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 19:29:33

    Tokarczuk is marvellous so I’d be happy to see her in there. I’d like to read Ulitskaya too!


  2. Anokatony
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 19:56:43

    I realize this will sound very regressive, but I would like to see Don DeLillo win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Otherwise Olga Tokarczuk.


  3. Scott
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 21:55:57

    Although it’s unlikely, I’m with Anokatony – go DeLillo! Enjoyed your article and choices. Of your mentions, my picks would be Aira and Ulitskaya, even though Thiong’o and Murakami have been mentioned for many years.


  4. Lisa Hill
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 23:19:33

    I’ve read all four of your choices (thanks to your recommendations!) and also Ulitskaya: I don’t think Mukasonga has enough of a body of work to win and I hope Ngugi doesn’t because I was very taken aback by the way he defends female genital circumcision in The River Between.
    But of course I’d really like to see Murnane win. He is the standout from my reading, there is no-one like him, and it would be absurd if he continued to be passed over endlessly because he’s an old white guy and not ‘diverse’ enough.


  5. Reese Warner
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 05:39:34

    The betting seems to favor Anne Carson, who’d be OK by me.

    I’d also be OK with Ngugi wa Thiong’o, but he may be problematic, especially this year. I wouldn’t say The River Between was exactly a defense of female circumcision, but at the same time it wasn’t a condemnation either. I figure Philip Roth just went ahead & died because after the scandal in the Swedish Academy he wasn’t very likely to win the Nobel Prize any time soon.

    Cartarescu’s Blinding left me cold. I definitely want to read Ulitskaya.

    But I’d plump for Claudio Magris. I just read his Snapshots, which was very good, and Danube is one of my all time favorite books.


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