Last year after the Nobel Prize was cancelled and an alternative Nobel Prize in Literature, also known as Academy Prize, was given to Marys Conde, a Guadeloupean ( a region of France in the Carribbean), this year the Nobel committee is announcing two awards as if to make up for lost time.
The award was first given in 1901, by the will of Alfred Nobel, to “the person who, in the field of literature, produced the most outstanding work in an idealistic direction”, judged to be French poet, Sully Prudhomme, that year. Tagore, VS Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Kenzaburō Ōe, Toni Morrison have been among the luminaries of this award. This year the winners will be announced on Thursday 10 October, 2019.
However, this year, the relevance and the legitimacy of this award is being questioned by some. A report in The Guardian asks, “do we actually need a Nobel prize in literature any more, or would the 9m kroner (£731,000) be better spent on, say, initiatives to save the planet from environmental catastrophe?”
Read more about the Nobel Prize in this article from The Guardian.