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The 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature:  Week Two

By Susan Harris

Resuming last week's conversation, the speculation continues. Britain's suspiciously accurate Ladbrokes is yet to weigh in, but  Unibet has posted odds for candidates both familiar (Adonis) and ludicrous (Thomas Bodström), with Paraguay's thirty-year-old Néstor Amarilla the inexplicable favorite at 4:1.  Other sources mention Ismail Kadare, Milan Kundera,  Javier Marias, Amos Oz, and Tomas Tranströmer. So far WWB readers have suggested Haruki Murakami, Elias Khoury, and Harry Mulisch, as well as Philip Roth. (Meanest literary practical joke: call Philip Roth at 6 a.m. next Thursday and speak in a Swedish accent.) Your thoughts? Vote early and often. And for a Polish take, enjoy this extract from the graphic novel Essence, in which a scientist invents a drinkable form of novels ("I could do with a swig of Lolita to warm me up") and scores Nobels in both chemistry and literature. Update: Ladbrokes favors Tranströmer at 5:1, followed by Adam Zagajewski, Ko Un, and Adonis at 8:1.

Published Sep 28, 2010   Copyright 2010 Susan Harris

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