Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Odds (4/1) favor Adonis for the Nobel Prize for literature

Nobel prize for literature: place your bets
LinkHere in London it may still feel like it's summer, but autumn begins in earnest this week, with the announcement of the Nobel prize for literature. The Swedish Academy has announced that special pleading, prediction and speculation will come to an end at lunchtime this Thursday.

So is it finally Philp Roth's turn? The much-touted Syrian poet Adonis sits atop the betting at 4/1, with last year's favourite, the Swedish poet Thomas Tranströmer, following at 11/2. The Hungarian novelist Péter Nádas comes next, with the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami close behind – both seem to have important books out this year in Swedish translation. As I write, Philip Roth languishes at 25/1.
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  1. Why does the professor always ridicule Adonis?

  2. There's no "h" in Tomas Tranströme's first name.

  3. But there is an "r" I left off his last name, while cutting and pasting.  Oops.

  4. As'ad sees him as hopelessly trying to please the "white man" and that he's deseperate to win the Nobel. Debatable stuff.

  5. Thanks. Debatable indeed.