The recent announcement of the short-list of the Man Booker Prize reminded me that the Nobel Prize in Literature for this year has not yet been awarded – time passes by so quickly that I tend to think it was Munro who won 2014’s prize!
Since Munro’s win,I have been trying to guess who would be among the nominees – the Nobel Prize panel has its own private list of nominees but stopped making it public for the last 50 years.At the start of the year,I was rooting for Atwood and Byatt,but hit by an absence of information regarding the potential winners, my interest for the Nobel Prize subdued day by day and instead went to the Man Booker Prize,which contrarily has a long-list and a short-list.But some days ago I (finally!) found an article regarding the favourites for the Nobel Prize,as per Ladbrokes’ odds,which I’ve listed below.
Note: I have linked every name to its Wikipedia page.Just hover on it to access the page.
|Ngugi Wa Thiog’o||6/1|
|Joyce Carol Oates||12/1|
|Antonio Lobo Antunes||33/1|
As you have noticed,the second favourite behind the well-known Haruki Murakami is none other than Ngugi Wa Thiog’o.The odds for the Kenyan author have escalated rather spectacularly these past days and it won’t be a surprise to see him being awarded the Nobel Prize,especially given the Nobel panel’s propensity to reward lesser known authors and desire to make a stand through their winners.(If you don’t know what I’m talking about,see here.) Although he is unknown to some,I remember that,whilst looking for the greatest living African authors,I repeatedly found his name alongside Wole Soyinka – a Nobel Prize winner.As a little anecdote,Ngugi wrote his novel ‘Devil on the Cross’ on toilet paper during his imprisonment following the performance of his play ‘I Will Marry When I Want’.He is a much revered author who has taught in Yale University as well as New York University.
The names in the list are also consonant with the Nobel panel’s new policy of awarding the prize to seasoned authors who are on the brink of retirement,if not already in: the majority of them are more than 70 years old.
Among these 29 names,I’m sure you recognise some famous authors,such as Haruki Murakami, Milan Kundera, Joyce Carol Oates, Umberto Eco, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and of course, Margaret Atwood.Although I’m quite disappointed not to see A.S Byatt’s name,I’m rooting for Kundera,Atwood and Oates.
What about you?