Place Your Bets -- The 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature
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Odds on favorite is Svetlana Alexievitch, journalist and narrative historian known for Voices from Chernobyl. Steep hill to climb for a nonfiction writer , especially for one with roots in journalism.
Popular favorite to win is Haruki Murakami, a perennial favorite.
Tied with Murakami by the odds-makers is Ngugi Wa Thiong'o who has not broken my "event horizon" -- an author I've never heard of. A native son of Kenya, he is a professor at UC, Irvine.
Other top contenders are Americans Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, and Bob Dylan (!).
Got a long-odds candidate you want to flaunt? An overlooked favorite? Remember, they've got to be living to be eligible.
I might have suggested Henning Mankell for the Prize if not for his death today. He initiated a class of writing (Scandinavian noir) and certainly lived what he wrote, which is remarkable and prize-worthy IMO.
So, please tell us who you think will win and who you think ought to win.
I bought books by Jon Fosse, another supposed front runner, and Svetlana Alexievitch a couple of years ago after it looked as though one of them would win, but I haven't read any of them yet.
My favorite book by Amos Oz is his recent autobiography, A Tale of Love and Darkness. I particularly loved his short story collections Between Friends and Scenes from Village Life, and I thought that his novels The Panther in the Basement, My Michael and The Same Sea were very good.
Most of the people I read are long dead and either predate the prize and were never grandfathered in, or have already got there's. So I can make no predictions.
Seriously, this is an interesting win. Nonfiction writers not being the favorites of Nobel Committees. Does anyone know of active journalists who have been awarded the prize in the past?
Anyone read this author, famous for her Chernobyl book?