There are tons of prestigious literary awards, but there’s gotta be something cool about saying you have a Nobel prize in literature. It means not only did you write a killer book, but that book went on to have a tangible positive effect on the world. It’s no surprise then, that the eventual decision is always a controversial one. There’s always speculation about front-runners, but a UK site nicerodds.com has taken it upon themselves to make a little odds chart:
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It’s exciting to see former nominee Haruki Murakiami as a front-runner, and the veteran Philip Roth taking third. Roth himself has gone on record saying that he’s convinced that the progressive biases of the Swedish Academy rob the most deserving nominees. He expressed this skepticism in a biting remark: “I wonder if I had called ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ ‘The Orgasm Under Rapacious Capitalism,’ if I would thereby have earned the favor of the Swedish Academy.” He’s not entirely wrong about the Academy favoring left-leaning works. It has been the stated criteria for winners since 1901. In the words of Alfred Nobel, the prize goes to the novelist who “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”
It’s also exciting to see living legend, Joyce Carol Oates trailing just behind Roth, who some say has been snubbed for the past 25 years.
There’s a lot of exciting names on here, and we’ll do our best to deliver updates!
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