Friday, September 25, 2009

2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE has come a long way since French poet Sully Prudhomme was awarded the inaugural prize in 1901. Albert Camus won it at the age of 43 in 1957. French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. British playwright Harold Pinter won the prize in 2005, the first Briton to win the literature award since V.S. Naipaul won it in 2001, while Orhan Pamuk was awarded the prize in 2006 for his contribution to World Literature with a consistent body of work, both fiction and nonfiction, the first ever Turkish writer to win the prize. And Günter Grass and Derek Walcott got theirs in 1999 and 1992 respectively. J.M. Coetzee got his in 2003.

Despite what we may think, the Nobel Prize is still considered by many to be the highest accolade for writers.

So who will it be for 2009? A couple of candidates easily come to mind: Adonis, Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, John Banville, Yves Bonnefoy, Peter Carey, Don DeLillo, Assia Djebar, E.L. Doctorow, Umberto Eco, Carlos Fuentes, Luis Goytisolo (or is Juan Goytisolo?), Peter Handke, F. Sionil Jose, Ismail Kadare, Milan Kundera, Claudio Magris, David Malouf, Javier Marías, Harry Mulisch, Herta Müller, Alice Munro, Les Murray, Michael Ondaatje, Amos Oz, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Antonio Tabucchi, Tomas Transtromer, Michel Tournier, Barry Unsworth, Mario Vargas Llosa and A.B. Yehoshua. Paul Auster, A.S. Byatt, Anita Desai, Richard Ford, Mary Gordon, Ian McEwan, Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Pynchon and William Trevor are also worthy choices. Who else should be shortlisted?

The Swedish Academy will announce the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, October 8, 2009


Blogger SUMMA POLITICO said...

Well, I think Peter Handke deserves the Noble Nobel more than anyone, not for the kind of person he is, but for the many ways he has enlarged the logos:

and 13 sub-sites

the newest:

contains the psychoanalytic monograph
The Morawian Night Essay + Handke trivia
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[dem handke auf die schliche/ prosa, a book of mine about Handke]
[the American Scholar caused controversy about Handke, reviews, detailed of Coury/ Pilipp's THE WORKS OF PETER HANDKE, the psycho-biological monograph]
with three photo albums, to wit:


[some handke material, too, the Milosevic controversy summarized]

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Member Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
this LYNX will LEAP you to all my HANDKE project sites and BLOGS:


"Sryde Lyde Myde Vorworde Vorhorde Vorborde" [von Alvensleben]
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Thursday, September 24, 2009 1:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know for sure that John Updike won't win the award this year because he passed away this year. [']

Thursday, September 24, 2009 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, you are right!

Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:08:00 PM  
Blogger SUMMA POLITICO said...

We could create a posthumous! NObel or whatever for all the great writers who have NOT won during their life time. Updike I never thought deserved it, Philip Roth would be o.k. by me. Still, for the sake of the LOGOS I hope that they will forgive Handke his behavior during the disintegration of Yugoslavia and that he used to have a habit of beating women!

Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Molly said...

I think you might be interested in what A.B. Yehoshua has to say about Americans for Peace Now...a pro-Israel pro-Peace organization.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 2:25:00 PM  

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