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The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature: Round Two

By Susan Harris

Resuming last week's conversation, the speculation continues. Britain's suspiciously accurate Ladbrokes bets on Adonis at 4:1, followed by Tomas Transtromer at 9:2 and Peter Nadas at 10:1. Thomas Pynchon and Assia Dejebar are at 12:1, with Ko Un in sixth position at 14:1.  Any number of WWB authors made the list, including Vijay Dan Detha, Mircea Cartarescu, Adam Zagajewski, Cees Nooteboom, Ismail Kadare, Ernesto Cardenal, Juan Marse, Victor Pelevin, Javier Marias, and Elias Khouri, with Kjell Askildsen bringing up the rear. Ladbrokes' rival Unibet gets its intel from different sources: their money's on Haruki Murakami (6.5:1), followed by Vijaydan Detha (5.5:1)  and Adonis (8:1). WWB's commenters have nominated a wide range of candidates, including many of the above; their choices include a number of Americans, includng that older while male whose work is so divisive, Bob Dylan. The prize will be announced on either October 6 or 13, and the odds will change between now and then, so you still have plenty of time to ante up. And remember that a wager on a candidate is also a bet about country, language, and genre. We'll discuss that in our next post. In the meantime, let the speculations fly. UPDATE: It's this Thursday. We're moving to the countdown.

Published Sep 29, 2011   Copyright 2011 Susan Harris

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