Sunday, July 30, 2006

2006 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. So who will it be for 2006? A couple of candidates come to mind.

Orhan Pamuk is a perfect candidate for the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature for his contribution to World Literature with a consistent body of work, both fiction and nonfiction. Other excellent choices for this prize would be Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, E.L. Doctorow, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Milan Kundera, Alice Munro, Amos Oz, Philip Roth and John Updike.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they are great writers and qualified to Nobel Prize indeed.

But I found that most of them are American and Canadian. Do you think 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded to an American writer? Since Toni Morrison won in 1993,it has been 12 years.

How about other writers? Such as Mario Vargas Llosa,Carlos Fuentes,Joyce Carol Oates,Peter Carey,Ali Ahmad said,Haruki Murakami,Kazuo Ishiguro,Salman Rushdie,Michael Ondaatje,Umberto Eco,Ismail Kadare,Hugo Claus and Tomas Transtromer. Are they excellent choices for the prize?Can you give some comments please?
I appreciate if you reply my problems in my blog.

BTW, I am a common Chinese reader.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 2:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can think of several other writers, especially from non-Western countries.... Why are there so few nominees for Nobel Prizes in Literature from Asia? Writers from South Asia and Southeast Asia especially.

For example: Pramoedya Ananta Toer, F. Sionil Jose, Nayantara Sahgal, Edwin Thumboo, or Nitaya Masavisut...

I think it is quite a shame since these writers share so much in the celebration of the human condition. It is a pity that the Nobel Foundation is so Western-centric/oriented. Writers from Asia should also be noted for their merits and have just as much to share as any Western nominee.

Let's hope somebody takes notice!

Sunday, September 17, 2006 2:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps, Ko Un. I think it must be poet, because last poet in nobel company was Wislawa Szymborska in 1996. But mu heart for Kadare and Roth:)
Vit-alik, common russian reader.

Monday, September 18, 2006 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger emre sonsurat said...

Unfortunately I have to inform you that Mr. Pamuk is known in Turkey for his poor usage of the Turkish language and people in Turkey wait for his books' translations into English in order to read them. He is also a famous and constant plagiarist having stolen most famously from Turkey's best living writer 'Leyla ERBIL' who happens to be a 76 year old modern woman writer. What differentiates Mr. Pamuk from Ms. Erbil is that Pamuk is a strong supporter of islamic fundamentalism and he has never ever been critical of the Turkish Prime minister, his governing party or their increasingly Islamist laws. Let's not even get into Mr. Pamuk's homophobia, misogyny and Anti-Semitism. Good Readings to you all.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 6:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can think in portuguese language candidates. Whats justify that the sisth more talked language in the world as only one literature nobel (José Saramago) and, even that, only since 1998? From Portugal, we have António Lobo Antunes, Agustina Bessa Luiz and Herberto Hélder. From Brasil, Ferreira Gullar, Ariano Suassuna, Dalton Trevisan and Ruben Fonseca

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 4:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comments made above by emre is total BS. Orhan Pamuk is one of the best writers in Turkish literature. He is very well received and supported by both the Turkish public as well as the critics around the world. He has been highlighted by NYT Book Review at least 3 times on the cover page.I think emre here is just an ultra-nationalist biggot trying to paint a fake picture of this literary genius.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:26:00 PM  

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