The 2 Arab Writers Up for the Alt Literary Nobel

"It is a sort of world literature where the world is tightly focused on how the literary arts -- mostly the novel -- lives and breathes in Swedish and English, and, to a lesser extent, French."

The First Egyptian Nominated for the Nobel Prize (for Literature)

I learn all sorts of interesting things from Michael Orthofer over at The Literary Saloon; for instance, that at the beginning of each year, the Nobel Prize folks open up their archives from 50 years ago.  That means it will be quite some time before the 1988 data comes clear (2038!), the year Naguib Mahfouz … Continue reading The First Egyptian Nominated for the Nobel Prize (for Literature)

Nobel Winner Mo Yan: ‘Limitations or Censorship is Great for Literature Creation’

Chinese novelist Mo Yan, who today received the Nobel Prize for Literature, previously spoke with Granta magazine about state and self-censorship.  He said: Many approaches to literature have political bearings, for example in our real life there might be some sharp or sensitive issues that they do not wish to touch upon. At such a … Continue reading Nobel Winner Mo Yan: ‘Limitations or Censorship is Great for Literature Creation’

Nobel Speculation: Arab Writers for Peace and Literature Prizes

It's nearly October, the time for burning rice chaff, eating candy, and speculating about the various Nobel prizes. Literature Prize Adonis. Up until January 28, I believed Adonis had a good shot at this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Khaled Mattawa brilliantly edited and compiled a collection of Adonis's works in translation, published in the … Continue reading Nobel Speculation: Arab Writers for Peace and Literature Prizes