The winners of the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced today in Stockholm after a year of suspension due to a scandal of sexual abuse and financial crime that has rocked the Swedish Academy.
Bookmakers for the 2019 Nobel laureate place Anne Carson at the top of the list, with five women on their heads.
Margaret Atwood, author of The Story of a Servant, appears second, followed by French Maryse Condé, the first non-English language list.
The following are favorites: Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk (2018 International Man Booker Prize winner) and Russian novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya.
The first man to appear on the list of top candidates is Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong’o, followed by Japanese Haruki Murakami by Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai.
Czech writer Milan Kundera, Albanian Ismail Kadaré, Spanish Javier Marias and Chinese Yu Hua are other strong names in the bookmaker.
The possibility of the next winner being a woman, and being a non-English author, will gain more momentum after Swedish Academy secretary Anders Olsson said last week that it will be the last number changed, the newspaper noted. The Guardian
Given that the last two winners – Kazuo Ishiguro and Bob Dylan – wrote in English and only 14 of the 114 candidates are women, Anders Olsson used the jury’s need to “broaden perspectives”.
“We had a more Eurocentric perspective on literature and now we’re looking around the world. Previously, it was much more geared towards men. Now, we have as many writers who are really fantastic, as we expect either the prize and the whole proper prize process. intensified and have a much broader scope, “he said.
The Nobel Prize for Literature, currently worth 9 million SEK (about € 827 million), is designated as a writer who, in the words of Alfred Nobel’s testimony, produces “,” in the field of literature, or in his most important work. remarkable in an ideal direction “.