Haruki Murakami favored to win Nobel Prize: WSJ

MurakamiIt’s Nobel season again, and Japanese author Haruki Murakami is being touted as the front-runner to win the Swedish Academy’s prestigious prize for literature.

The 64-year-old novelist, known for his surrealistic, experimental stories and frequent references to Western pop culture, is the 3-1 favorite, according to U.K. bookmaker Ladbrokes.

The announcement is expected either Oct. 10 or 17, as the academy says it always takes place on the second or third Thursday of October. The exact date is posted on the Nobel website on the Monday preceding the announcement.

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