LITERATURE NOBEL 2015: IN TWO HOURS FROM NOW

Today, the second most ‘popular’ (among masses) and second most ‘controversial’ (among classes) Nobel Prize will be announced.

The Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy, in two hours from now, will announce the name(s) of the winner(s) of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature (Literature Nobel).

The Nobel Prize in Peace (or Peace Nobel) is geopolitically the most influential award in the world that draws global attention to an issue the individual(s)/organization(s) is working for. The implicit or explicit political posturing associated with the Peace Nobel draws plaudits or ire based on stakeholders involved and based on the geopolitical contexts pushed.

And Literature Nobel, too, pushes for controversies for similar reasons – political stand or political bias – added with ‘other than literature’ factors like Sweden bias or Europe bias or English bias or ‘fear of controversy bias’ – while announcing a winner – and its most famous (or notorious) example is 1970’s decision to award Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a USSR dissident, and a famous anti-Soviet Union novelist and historian.

The Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy – a 230 year old literary institution founded by the Swedish king – based on geopolitical considerations (or equations), at times, names a winner to give message to a ruling regime – because the larger (or the more powerful) world community feels so (or lobbies for that).

Literature Nobel has also been and ‘left, right and centre’ criticised for being too Sweden-centric or too Europe-centric. The trend (or the mentality) has led to many decisions which the critics have found too casual and light. While very few people knew about Herta Muller, the 2009 winner, the 2004 decision to award Elfriede Jelinek came as a shocker to many.

But the buzz around the award remains. Literature Nobel is still the singular global literature award that bring its recipient a chance to gain worldwide exposure – if it is not already there. And we hope, in a multipolar, multi-block world, we will have less of ‘other than political bias’ affected decisions – with a wider, multi-language panorama.

Every year it happens, the buzz around these two most talked about Nobel Prizes, Peace and Literature.

The buzz starts taking root soon after the nomination starts and starts taking a definitive shape once the nominations are closed and the concerned Nobel Committees short-lists that ‘small and final list’ from out of hundreds of nominations. It starts peaking around in August and reaches its crescendo in the week prior to the announcements in October.

And that October day is today – in two hours from now.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

LITERATURE NOBEL 2014: IN TWO HOURS FROM NOW

11 AM GMT the Literature Nobel 2014 will be announced – so, in 2 hours from now, 4:30 PM India time, the world would come to know who is going to be the next addition to the fraternity of Literature Nobel Laureates, Kenyan author and activist Ngugi Wa Thiong’o who is the bookmaker’s favourite this year or others who have made for the most of the lists and opinions – of bookmakers, of Nobel historians and of Nobel watchers.

A The New Yorker article about evolution of the Nobel Prize betting talks about those betting for Ngugi having ‘inside information’ and ‘solid clues’ from the ultra-secretive 18-member Swedish Academy that decides on who will be awarded.

Anyway, let’s see, it is just two hours to know whether it will be Ngugi or Japanese Haruki Murakami, one of the most read authors of quality literature or Syrian poet Adonis (Adunis), the Arabian literature’s most respected name of the day, the two names who have become the perennial favourites in the recent history of the Literature Nobel or Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Aleksijevitj or French author Patrick Modiano or Albanian Ismail Kadare.

The much talked about hypothesis that the Academy seldom repeats a language the next year also supports the claims around these 6 names as English was awarded last year (Alice Munro).

Every year it happens, the buzz around the most talked about Nobel Prizes, Peace and Literature.

The buzz starts taking root soon after the nomination starts and starts taking a definitive shape once the nominations are closed and the concerned Nobel Committees short-lists that ‘small and final list’ from out of hundreds of nominations. It starts peaking around in August and reaches its crescendo in the week prior to the announcements in October.

Peace Nobel is the most talked about and speculated for given its ‘political nature’ and the socio-political themes attached with the decision-making process that gives enhanced recognition to some issue and draws worldwide attention that many ‘powers’ don’t like. The most notable example about it China’s intense opposition to the Nobel Peace Prize given to The Dalai Lama and to the Chinese writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

Literature comes next in the line given the worldwide outreach of the authors who are the most talked about names of the contemporary times, of their languages, of their generations, of their social rustres. These authors are legendary in their languages and become representative of the literary heritage of the language and their part of the world that connects them with the world, that makes them the talking points.

So, who will be next this time who will draw the world’s attention to the window to look into the culture of a literary tradition weaved around the concerned social formations, because a Peace Nobel brings with it more copies, more translations and and a wider outreach of the works of an author to global reading table?

In two hours from now!

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©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/