The Nobel Prize in Literature started in 1901 and has remained probably the most esteemed award in book world since. Gamblers have taken notice.
Ladbrokes is one of UK’s biggest sports betting sites, and they’ve rounded up a number of writers who might be under consideration for the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Last year Bob Dylan was selected, so it’s a wonder how Ladbrokes narrowed down this list. It’s especially difficult to predict the Nobel Prize because candidates are sealed for fifty years after the award is given.
According to Ladbrokes, though, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Weep Not, Child) is currently the favorite at 4/1 odds. Thiong’o has been an important writer with his coverage of the British colonization of East African countries. He’s also currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Pretty impressive stuff.
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However, Ladbrokes puts Haruki Murakami close behind Thiong’o at 5/1 odds. Murakami is likely Japan’s most influential author, and one of the most respected writers in the world. Books like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, and 1Q84 all contribute to Murakami’s well-deserved reputation.
The thing is, Murakami doesn’t really want the Nobel Prize. When asked by Roland Kelts of the New Yorker how he’d feel being nominated for the award, Murakami said, ‘No, I don’t want prizes. That means you’re finished.’ Murakami’s hesitancy regarding the prize matches Dylan’s. Remember the time he didn’t respond to receiving the Nobel Prize for, like, two weeks?
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