Yesterday morning, the Swedish Nobel Academy announced the successor for Svetlana Alexievich as Nobel Prize for Literature and the old favorite names were once again being rumored and betted on by speculators. Syrian writer Adonis, American Philip Roth, Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s and, of course, the writer of the novel Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森), and Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.
Adonis, renown contemporary poet who writes in Arabic has been rumored to be a candidate for several years. One of his latest works has been an essay on Islam and violence, which has led to him presiding the literary annual summit in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Among Roth, Ngugi, and Murakami, many experts and speculators on the Nobel Prize have now claimed for years that the Japanese writer was by far the most likely to be awarded this prize. One of the main reasons for stating so might be due to the global success he attained with the publishing of Norwegian Wood. The novel has a nostalgic tone and evokes sexual relationships of the main character when during his years in college.
Other poets such as Korean Ko Un, Polish Adam Zagajewski, Estonian Doris Kareva, or Canadian Anne Carson have also been ranked high up among the possible candidates for receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. The last one to have been awarded this prize was the Swedish poet Thomas Tranströmer, five years ago.
Other names have also popped up such as American writers Joyce Carol Oates, Cormac McCarthy, or Don DeLillo. The last American writer to have won the award was Toni Morrison, back in ’93. Although the Swedish Academy has always insisted that the prize has nothing to do with nationalities. In any case, after 23 years, another American has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. On the 13th of October of 2016, Bob Dylan has been announced as this year’s winner.