Friday, May 25, 2007

2007 Nobel Prize for Literature

BRITISH PLAYWRIGHT Harold Pinter won the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Briton to win the literature award since V.S. Naipaul won it in 2001, while Orhan Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 for his contribution to World Literature with a consistent body of work, both fiction and nonfiction. And Günter Grass got it in 1999. J.M. Coetzee got his in 2003.

So who will it be for 2007? A couple of candidates easily come to mind: Chinua Achebe, Margaret Atwood, John Banville, Yves Bonnefoy, Peter Carey, Don DeLillo, E.L. Doctorow, Umberto Eco, Carlos Fuentes, Peter Handke, F. Sionil Jose, Milan Kundera, Doris Lessing, Claudio Magris, David Malouf, Javier Marías, Harry Mulisch, Alice Munro, Les Murray, Michael Ondaatje, Amos Oz, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Tomas Transtromer, Michel Tournier, Barry Unsworth, John Updike, Mario Vargas Llosa and A.B. Yehoshua. Who else should be shortlisted?

Paul Auster, A.S. Byatt, Anita Desai, Mary Gordon, Cormac McCarthyIan McEwan, Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates and William Trevor are also worthy choices.

The 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced on October 11, 2007

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

F. Sionil Jose should be the next Asian Nobel laureate

Monday, May 28, 2007 8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Antares said...

Greetings, Eric! Couldn't locate the "post a comment" link for your previous entry listing local books so I'm leaving it here. Several titles are conspicuous by their absence, viz., ADOI! (Times Books Int'l, 1989); MOTH BALLS (Magick River, 1994); TWO CATFISH IN THE SAME HOLE (Times Books Int'l, 2001); and TANAH TUJUH (Silverfish Books, 2007) - and they're all by ME! :-) Didn't know you had your own blog. Just started mine in December 2006...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks, Kit!

Saturday, June 09, 2007 1:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chinua Achebe is long overdue for the Nobel.

Monday, July 23, 2007 3:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we should not forget Tomas Transtromer.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, Tomas Transtromer, of course!

Monday, July 30, 2007 6:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about António Lobo Antunes? I think he is suitable for the prize!

Thursday, August 02, 2007 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mario Vargas Llosa? Abraham Yehoshua? Javier Marias?

Friday, August 24, 2007 6:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should not forget the great Australian poet Les Murray...!

Monday, September 10, 2007 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yves Bonnefoy, bien sur...

Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Adam Zagajewsky, Pere Gimferrer, Cormac McCathy o Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, September 21, 2007 5:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My high school literature classes in Waukegan, Illinois will be waiting to see if one of your choices is selected to win the Nobel Prize. We will be reading Achebe's Things Fall Apart in January.

Monday, October 01, 2007 7:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe not (yet) suitable, but talented: Ian McEwan, Antonia S. Byatt

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 1:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Auster could be suitable too

Thursday, October 04, 2007 1:21:00 AM  
Blogger Hedgie said...

Haruki Murakami

Monday, October 08, 2007 7:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mario Vargas Llosa should win

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 8:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doris Lessing.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 10:03:00 AM  

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