Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to recieve the Nobel Prize in Literature will be at the centre of celebrations of […]
Short story supremo Alice Munro has made an eleventh-hour leap to become second favourite to win this year’s Nobel prize for literature. Ladbrokes are now quoting odds of 4-1 on Munro claiming the prize when it is announced on Thursday, putting her behind only Haruki Murakami, who has been the favourite since the book opened and is now at 5-2.
It’s Nobel season again, and Japanese author Haruki Murakami is being touted as the front-runner to win the […]
Japanese famous writer Haruki Murakami received the most numerous votes from readers regarding his chances of winning this […]
After years of hovering in the wings, this could be Haruki Murakami‘s year to clinch the Nobel prize for literature – at least if you go by the odds offered by Ladbrokes on the Japanese author, who is 3-1 favourite.
One hundred years ago, the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. […]
It is a preposterous twist of Kafkaesque proportions that the 2012 Nobel Prize winner in literature has endorsed censorship as a necessary evil. The Chinese winner, Mo Yan, who made the pronouncement in Stockholm on Thursday, has tarnished the prize and insulted writers everywhere who are risking their lives to tell truth to power.
In retrospect, Mr. Mo’s selection was always going to be fraught. Some condemned it from the start, saying the author was too close to the government apparatus of his country. He is a member of the Communist Party and vice-president of a party-approved writers’ association. As well, he is well known for being among a select group of Chinese authors chosen to write out, in their own hand, excerpts from Mao Zedong’s (in)famous speech on the responsibilities of artists under communism for a commemorative book.
CHINA has long fretted that it lacks a great modern literary voice with international appeal. In 1917 Chen […]
Isn’t it time we called bullshit, once and for all, on the Nobel Prize? I’m not talking about the Peace Prize — though that’s a parcel of yuks all of its own. First Barack Obama — who hasn’t made peace anywhere at all, and whose prosecution of the war on terror has seen him described as “George W Bush on steroids” — and now the European Union. Already, I’m imagining tense negotiations in Brussels over who, exactly, gets to put the diploma into his downstairs loo.
But no: it’s a given that the Peace Prize is kind of a joke. What about the Nobel Prize for Literature? Has there ever been an instance of so manifest an absurdity accorded such reverence — such a tottering edifice of pomp erected on such shallow foundations?
Mo Yan, a novelist who brought to life the turbulence of the 20th century China in vivid and […]