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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 4:40:10 AM

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Who's gonna get it this year? Later this evening we'll know. Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter has copied Octopus Paul method and uses Skansen Zoo's lemurs to predict the winner. So far their candidate is Canadian Alice Munro.



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Ladbrokes gives a wink to punters:

Cormac McCarthy 4.00
Haruki Murakami 6.00
Ngugi wa Thiong'o 6.50
Ko Un 7.00
Tomas Tranströmer 9.00
Adonis 12.00
Les Murray 13.00
Joyce Carol Oates 16.00
Don DeLillo 16.00
Gerald Murnane 16.00

RuthP
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 10:53:22 AM

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I heard it on the radio, but in deference to those who wish to guess first, the answer is here:
Christian Science Monitor: 2010 Literature Nobel winner
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 11:28:49 AM

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Good choice!
schrodinger's cat
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 11:47:42 AM
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Aww, I've been waiting for Murakami to get it for the past few years. I'll be rooting for him again next time, but there's so many excellent authors to choose from. Congratulations to the winner. Applause
khalkeo
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 6:31:05 AM
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Being awarded a prize is about being popular, and prizes like the Nobel, particularly the literature and peace prize, but even so in the categories of physics or chemistry, are given according to a certain agenda and following the course of international events. You are expected to throw a ceremony to honour someone who is nice, does not do drugs and all that or, at least, who barks against all the baddies in the world, and whatever he or she does for a living is there only to justify social applause and then, oh, then that is a talented person. It may very well be considered an outrage to give an award to the musical talent and work of a drughead like, say, Amy Winehouse, but not in the least giving millions of dollars right away to someone displaying less literary talent than the hopeless ghost writer of George W. Bush or Suzanne Somers, as long as that writer deals with "meaningful topics", no matter the skills with which those topics are dealt, which is what makes all the difference between A writer and someone who simply writes: being a good editing and popular and loved selling machine does not equal you with a wording craftsman.

Those of Vargas Llosa and Le Clézio, for example, were prizes due, after twenty years, to the language and culture they represent. On the other hand, nobody will give a deep fried flying turd about languages, no matter how many people speak (and read) them, that do not somehow fit in some current events topic and, of course, that are understood and appreciated by someone willing to share that knowledge with the globally illiterate academy members.

The price to Gao Xingjian, like so many others (this one being particularly close to my nerves given my academic education and professional training), has been one big riot, because when they came to remember there is such thing as literature in Chinese, from all the writers alive they had to pick up one of the technically most mediocre and conveying the most inconsequential content, simply because he is an exiled Chinese who has ties with a language (French) that zillions of people work with.
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