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The great Irish poet left a legacy of astonishing poems that speak to new readers with their deep wisdom and quietly devastating imagery.
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For Jon Fosse, the fourth Norwegian to win the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature, writing has been a way of surviving.
A copy of “Afterlives” (2021) by Tanzanian-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah.
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Gurnah’s novels delve deeply into family separation, endless betrayals of core familial relations, and the inexorable pull of the lost past.
Gurnah won the prize for his “uncompromising and compassionate” look at the “effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugees”.
Demonstrators protest the awarding of the 2019 Nobel literature prize to Peter Handke in Stockholm, in December 2019.
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Controversy surrounding the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature spurs a long-standing debate about the meaning of authorship and literature with new urgency.
Austrian novelist Peter Handke (L) and Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk (R) have been named as winners for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 and 2018 respectively.
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But the 2018 prize, which went to a Polish woman, shows that the Academy might at least be aiming for more diversity in its laureates.
Bertrand Russell is seen in this 1935 photo.
The work of Bertrand Russell, philosopher, social critic, mathematician and anti-war crusader, are still relevant today. Here’s why fans should take in the Russell collection at McMaster University.
Sara Danius announcing her resignation as permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, April 12.
Allegations of sexual harassment have shaken the organisation that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Kazuo Ishiguro in his garden in London.
English author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. For some weeks now, the bookies have been offering odds on the likely winner. Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was front runner earlier…
What counts as literature? It’s less to do with genre than we think.
Is Bob Dylan a poet in the great tradition of Sappho?
In the days of Sappho, John William Godward
Ancient poems were accompanied by a musical instrument called the lyre – from which we get the word ‘lyric’. ‘Literature’ and ‘poetry’ are categories of our own making - so moving beyond them in a major award seems long overdue.
Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiong'o shows his newly released book “Wizard of the Crow” during launch at a Nairobi bookshop.
Ngugi wa Thiong'o is still regarded as one of Africa’s greatest living writers in spite of missing out so far on a literature Nobel.
To the chagrin of many, Bob Dylan has become the first singer-songwriter to win a Nobel Prize. But this James Joyce expert is fully in support.
Nobel Prize for Literature winner Svetlana Alexievich.
Employing a unique literary method that blurred the genres of oral history and documentary prose, the Nobel Prize for Literature winner told the stories of a traumatized people.
Giving voice to the voiceless.
The Belarussian is a worthy winner, but the Nobel is getting further and further away from its lofty origins.
Buried with a bag of nuts.
Grass’s true legacy is not the piously delivered moral messages that many associate with him – but his humour.
Responsible reading involves the simultaneous interaction with the text and with so-called real life.
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There is a tendency in academic job applications to refer to the “prestigious x prize (or fellowship)” that a candidate has been awarded. It’s a phrase that turns out to be self-contradictory, since all…
Well and truly in the spotlight now.
To the English-speaking world at least, the awarding of the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature to French author Patrick Modiano will probably have come as a surprise. Many won’t even have heard his name…
Secretary to the Swedish Academy Peter Englund emerges to announce the 2014 Nobel Prize winner.
Yesterday’s decision to confer the Nobel Prize for Literature on revered French novelist Patrick Modiano has sent even the most widely-read English speaking critics scurrying to find copies of his books…