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Nobel Prize Literature

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Memories of Who We Are

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.

Herta Müller: On Inger Christensen

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Herta Müller (b. 1953) is a German-Romanian novelist, poet and essayist. Müller is noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, typically set in communist Romania during the Nicolae Ceausescu regime, which she herself experienced.

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace: the 90th Anniversary of Yukio Mishima

Mark Adnum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Adnum

Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka On Africa's Spirituality

Brain Pickings | Maria Popova | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion

Even though the term “placebo effect” was coined in 1920 and the phenomenon itself has been studied since the 18th century, only recently have sci...

The Oddly Bewitching Novels of Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano

Olivier Berggruen | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Olivier Berggruen

Ever since I read Villa Triste in my late teens, I have been captivated by Patrick Modiano's forays into the shadowy atmosphere of ravaged memories that make up his novels. I am far from alone, since Modiano is somewhat of a cult figure in France, read by thousands.

Patrick Modiano: An Incredible Work, a Promise Fulfilled

Antoine Gallimard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Antoine Gallimard

To me, Patrick Modiano is the writer that represents literature in its finest expression, detached from trends, ideologies, and conformism. And he so admirably weaves this independent spirit into the story of a house adapted from his roots.

7 Passages By The New Nobel Prize Winner, French Novelist Patrick Modiano

WorldCrunch | Marc Alves | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

Cabaret performances at the Moulin Rouge continued during Nazi occupation. This article first appeared at Worldcrunch. PARIS – The 2014 Nob...

Nobel Prize In Literature Awarded To French Author

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.09.2014 | Books

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on Thursday to French author Patrick Modiano for "the art of memory with which he has evoked the most u...

On Teaching the Work of Alice Munro

Daniel Pena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Daniel Pena

Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature on Thursday for "her finely tuned storytelling." The prize, awarded by the Royal...

A Glorious Voice-Seamus Heaney

Lorie Karnath | Posted 11.09.2013 | Arts
Lorie Karnath

hen the world lost Seamus Heaney, so departed among its most glorious of voices. While the gift of his written voice will continue to live on indefinitely, the expressively inspiring tones of the poet's physical sound have sadly been extinguished.

The Dragon Goes Gangnam: China Celebrates the Nobel Prize for Literature

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Preetam Kaushik

In 2010 the Nobel Prize for Literature was given to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for his pro-democracy views. Officials in China went into a fit of rage. But 2012 saw the Prize go to Mo Yan, an important member of Communist Party.

Chinese Noble Prize-Winner Steps Into Political Minefield

www.nytimes.com | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

BEIJING -- Mo Yan, the new Nobel laureate who has strenuously avoided antagonizing the Communist Party during much of his career, stepped into a polit...

Should J.K. Rowling Win The Nobel Prize?

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Books

By Jeff O’Neal for BookRiot Last week, it came out that in 1961, C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien for the Nobel Prize in Literature and that T...

How Much Money Do Poets Make?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books

The chances of making money as a poet are pretty slim - but how slim? The latest issue of New York Magazine puts some numbers on the old cliché with ...

The Winner Of The Nobel Prize For Literature 2011 Is...

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

A cheer went up in the Swedish Academy as they announced that, for the first time since 1974, one of their fellow countrymen had been awarded the Nobe...

Placing Bets On The Nobel: Who's The Front Runner?

1 July 2011 Archive | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books

True, there are only roughly 100 days left until they announce who gets the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, but it's pretty early in the season for th...

Why Are US Literary Laureates Only Poets? Why Not a Dramatist?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

The country that invented musical theater should have a representational dramatist in its highest official center of literature.

V. S. Naipaul's "Gloomy Clarity" About Africa and Himself (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

V. S. Naipaul, in the winter of his long writing life, doesn't disguise his melancholy or his frailty. Still, his inquisitorial eye and his magic with a prose sentence have not abandoned him, nor the organ tones of his mesmerizing voice.

Should African Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Have Won The Nobel Prize For Literature?

The Guardian | Zoe Norridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's easy to see how the confusion might have arisen. Ngugi has dedicated his life to describing, satirising and destabilising the corridors of power....

Elie Wiesel, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela

The Huffington Post | Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Orhan Pamuk, Toni Morrison, Seamus Heaney, Saul Bellow, Pablo Neruda ... all great authors honored by the Nobel Committee with a Nobel Prize in Litera...

Literary Prize

guardian.co.uk | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After 13 years rewarding novelists and playwrights, the odds are strong that this year's Nobel prize for literature will go to a poet -- at least acco...

Herta Mueller Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded this morning to Herta Müller, a Romanian-born German poet and novelist, "who," stated the Swedish Acad...

Mary Chapin Carpenter Returns to the Stage and Talks about Eudora Welty, Inspiration, and Bonding

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Georgianne Nienaber

Five-time Grammy winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter is still raving about the experience she had performing with Kate Campbell, Claire Holley and Caroline Herring at the Eudora Welty Centennial Concert.

How to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bradley W. Bloch

The Nobel Prize in Literature is just one example of a larger and more interesting phenomenon: how elite gate-keeping institutions are influenced by personal connections.