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Guess: 2007's Nobel Literature Laureate
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Roomy Naqvy  Identity Verified
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Oct 9, 2007

Folks, let us guess who might win the Nobel Prize for 2007.

Last year, we had a very pleasant surprise--Orhan Pamuk, someone whom I knew as a writer before he got the Nobel.

Any ideas, this year?

Roomy


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Mario or Ernesto Oct 9, 2007

The winners are announced this Thursday, it's very exciting.

I have to root for the Latin Americans. I was just talking about this with two people, I would be a very happy person if either Mario Vargas Llosa or Ernesto Sabato wins the Nobel this year--or any year for that matter. American Philip Roth is also one of my favorites.


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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Dylan Oct 9, 2007

...I had heard that Bob Dylan was nominated for the Literature Nobel. For years he has been considered one of the major voices of our time, so I root for him.

My personal preference... ;-D


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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The contenders Oct 9, 2007

I guess this isn't a list of the actual nominees, but here are the odds Ladbrokes is offering:

http://www.ladbrokes.com/lbr_sports?action=go_type&category=SPECIALS&type_id=210003519


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Jaan Kross Oct 9, 2007

Its about time.

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Laura Gentili  Identity Verified
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Amos Oz Oct 9, 2007

Amos Oz, I hope.

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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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oh boy Oct 9, 2007

Kim Metzger wrote:

I guess this isn't a list of the actual nominees, but here are the odds Ladbrokes is offering:

http://www.ladbrokes.com/lbr_sports?action=go_type&category=SPECIALS&type_id=210003519


Wow! from that list, Dylan is the LEAST likely to win (he's a the bottom of the chart....sigh... it figures, I always choose the losing horse).


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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No official nominations Oct 9, 2007

Kim Metzger wrote:

I guess this isn't a list of the actual nominees, but here are the odds Ladbrokes is offering:



True, there never is a list of nominees (because there are no official nominees), only media's' lists of potential nominees.

A few days ago when I saw a list in a Swedish online broadsheet, the readers' two main contenders where Thomas Tranströmer and Joyce Carol Oates.

Tranströmer, being Swedish, is an obvious choice for Swedish readers, Oates less so.

I doubt that any of these two authors will be selected as they are quite well known (in Sweden). The basic rule sems to be that that the person awarded the Nobel prize for literature is generally unknown (at least in Sweden).

Even so, I've got my money on Oates.


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Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
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guess Oct 10, 2007

I hope John Updike gets it but he probably won't. Margaret Atwood and Joyce Oates are good candidates. Darn, I know very few of the non-English writers! So many to read, so little time!

[Edited at 2007-10-11 07:39]


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Vito Smolej
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A wild guess Oct 10, 2007

Margaret Atwood - just to rile US and keep Phil Roth and John Updike sit and wait. Or a poke in somebody elses eye: Salman Rushdie.

EDIT: actually I changed my mind: I'd root for Alice Munro. Margaret would not mind, I guess.

[Edited at 2007-10-10 00:43]


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Amos OZ Oct 10, 2007

Laura Gentili wrote:

Amos Oz, I hope.


same here!


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Christine Schmit  Identity Verified
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Umberto Eco Oct 10, 2007

My personal favorite would be Umberto Eco, followed by Haruki Murakami, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa and Margaret Atwood. They would all deserve it.

Christine


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Cecilia Falk  Identity Verified
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Milan Kundera Oct 10, 2007

I give my vote to Milan Kundera.

Cecilia


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Colin Ryan  Identity Verified
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Leonard Cohen! Oct 10, 2007

The man definitely deserves a lifetime achievement for his poetry and songs (the same thing, in his case).

But then I'm biased... I love Cohen and all his works.


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Yvonne Gerstheimer  Identity Verified
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Haruki Murakami Oct 10, 2007

My vote goes to Murakami Haruki. I love his extraordinary stories.

Yvonne


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