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19 November 2017 10:40 (South Africa)

Nobel literature prize judge says award 'too Eurocentric'

We’ll know later today if American authors are back in the running for a Nobel Prize for Literature. The most prominent member of the literature prize jury, Peter Englund, has said the panel that picks the winner has been looking too hard at European writers and not enough at American ones. Englund's comments stand in contrast with his predecessor's view last year that American lit is too insular. Englund said, “In most language areas there are authors that really deserve and could get the Nobel Prize and that goes for the US and the Americas, as well.” Englund’s predecessor, Horace Engdahl, stirred up a ruckus in America when he said last year that “Europe still is the centre of the literary world” and Americans were "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture". This year's crop of potential candidates includes Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa, Americans Phillip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates, Israel's Amos Oz and Syrian poet Adonis. The last American winner was Toni Morrison in 1993. Keep reading.

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