The Nobel Prize in Literature: TBA this Thursday ! Who do you think will win ?
The New York Times article [link below] mentions Haruki Murakami--who[m] I really like. (Reading
Norwegian Wood right now. Read 3 others--my favorite: Hard-Boiled Wonderland.)
_But_ ... I'm gonna predict the poet Adonis !
To represent, for Syria. (And he's great, a ton of fun.)
Sometimes they say: the prize in Lit. can be act like a 2nd peace
p.s. I swear: I didn't actually read the whole article, and put Adonis
anyway--then I saw: he shows up at the end. (But I've seen his name on
the short list, other years--so that's why I bought a book of his.)
And...back in the day--getting an MFA in UMass--I was trying to be a little expert on the Nobel Prize, like as a shadow thesis. (Vs. just writing a bunch of poems.)
Remember, I went on a Mormon mission to Sweden, too--got back and thought: "Should be able to do something useful with this language." (Tried a tiny bit of translation--and liked it.)
I actually put together a little anthology of Nobel Prize-winning poetry, b/c it doesn't exist, and it should. (People would buy it.) Not totally finished, but: sent to FSG a while ago. Haven't heard back.
Part II !
Someone--Cassandra Jones--wondered: "Margaret Atwood?"--so I'll say a few words. You do see a few Americans on lists every now and then: Phillip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates. I like Thomas Pynchon, altho. he's kind of thick, hard to read. But...
I don't think so. Wouldn't put my money on it. Think they a little Anti-American. Two years ago, one of the main people... [Horace Engdahl, maybe?--the guy that actually announces them] came out and said--paraphrasing, basically: "No one in America is writing anything of international importance. Like they're regionalists."
And they were catching flak for a while: too many English or European winners. So, they are playing catch-up a little. (They've admitted it.) A Chinese winner last year...
Okay, sincerely, good enough.