It’s Nobel season, but I’m not even going to discuss the peace prize, because it never seems to go to the right people (and that’s all I’m going to say on the subject!).
Instead, let’s look at the literature candidates. Here’s the Ladbrokes betting (see below).
Adonis has been a favourite for some years now, if I’m not mistaken, and it would be nice to see the Syrian poet receive the accolade. Tranströmer, the Swedish poet, would also make a worthy winner.
But I do have a few personal favourites. Carlos Fuentes is one of the most prolific, and weirdest, authors, but his wholly original work is dazzling. I’d be perfectly happy if he won. Adam Zagajewski is one of my favourite poets and if he doesn’t win the Nobel in his lifetime I’ll be dismayed. Finally, Ismail Kadare is another personal favourite. I haven’t read his poetry, but his novels are worlds unto themselves. The File on H. is possibly one of the strangest satires I have ever read, by turns brilliantly funny and achingly sad. If Kadare were to win, it would be just. But who knows what the committee is looking for?
That said, Mario Vargas Llosa was an excellent choice last year. Let’s see who receives the nod this month. I can’t wait.
|Joyce Carol Oates||25/1|
|Antonio Lobo Antunes||25/1|
|Ngugi wa Thiong’o||33/1|
|William H. Gass||80/1|
|F. Sionil Jose|