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How Does It Feel? We May Never Know

After last week’s startling prize announcement comes another surprise: the Nobel committee has yet to make contact with their anointed one. But as the Swedish Academy sends out a search party for their reluctant literature laureate, you can find Bob Dylan—or at least his influence—lurking in any number of WWB pieces. One, Enrique Prochazka’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” from our September 2015 Peruvian issue, borrows a title and...

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: It’s Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, noted, “if you look far back, two thousand, twenty-five hundred years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy...

Our 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Office Pool

Between the Olympics and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year’s candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as laureates Svetlana Alexievich, Herta Müller, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Naguib Mahfouz, and, of course, any number of contenders. The Nobels will start rolling out with Physiology/Medicine on October 3 through Economics on...

The Last Visit: Tomas Tranströmer in December 2013

In Stockholm's old town, the alleys are so packed with snow that you have to climb down to enter stores. The bridge railings seem to be dwarfed, and the black waters of the Baltic Sea, which spill into the city, shine oily and cold. It's December and all festivities are sequestered behind brightly lit windows. At three o'clock in the afternoon it is already dark. Initially I wanted to walk over to Tomas Tranströmer's house, so that the joy of seeing him after so many...

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature: Latest Odds (and Ends)

The Nobels kick off next week. Traditionally, the Swedish Academy reveals the date (always a Thursday) for the literature award only hours in advance, but since the Nobel week once again coincides with the Frankfurt Book Fair, the 9th seems likely. Other sources have been more assiduous in tracking the speculation; I recommend the doughty Michael Orthofer at The Literary Saloon at the Complete Review for a, well, complete review. The cheerily named NicerOdds (owned by one...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature: Down to the Wire

We're down to the wire: the Swedish Academy will announce the Nobel Prize in literature this Thursday at 1:00 pm Stockholm time. This decision breaks with the tradition of holding the literature prize till the week after the others, which could suggest an early consensus (or, more cynically, pressure to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair, itself early this year).  Ladbrokes shows usual suspects Haruki Murakami at 5/2, Joyce Carol Oates at 4/1,...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature: Our Office Pool

Between the World Cup and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year's candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as laureates Herta Müller, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Naguib Mahfouz, and, of course, any number of contenders. The Nobels will start rolling out with Physiology/Medicine on October 7 through Economics on the 14th; as always,...

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature: It’s Mo Yan

The Nobel Prize in literature goes to Chinese writer Mo Yan. From the citation: “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.” You can read what we thought of his Big Breasts and Wide Hips here.

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature: Down to the Wire

We're down to the wire. The Academy has confirmed that the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced Thursday, and the speculation, oddly muted to date, has picked up a tad. Ladbrokes continues to show Haruki Murakami as frontrunner, now at 2:1, with Péter Nádas surging to 5:2 and William Trevor coming out of the turn at 8:1. Mo Yan and Alice Munro drop to 10:1. Unibet shows Murakami at 4:0 and Mo Yan at 4.5:0. I'll be at Frankfurt, where the puff of smoke from the...

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature: Our Office Pool

Between the World Cup and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year's candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as laureates Herta Müller, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Naguib Mahfouz, and, of course, any number of contenders. The Nobels will start rolling out with Physiology/Medicine on October 8 through Economics on the 15th; as always, Literature...

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