The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 104 times to 108 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2011. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/. By the way, Winston Churchill won his Nobel prize in Literature, not Peace).
I am kind of lagging behind. And got distracted by the fuss around “50 Shades of Grey” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18618648. And after 50 pages of “50 shades …” I can attest that the distraction was not worth it. Sorry, E.L. James.
So, back to my list. Shall I go for Pamuk? “My Name is Red” sounds good. Amazon, please!
1. Mo Yan, 2012
2. Tomas Tranströmer, 2011
3. Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010. Read “The Bad Girls” in Jan.2012 🙂
4. Herta Müller, 2009. Read “Travelling in one leg” in Jan.2012 🙂
5. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, 2008
6. Doris Lessing, 2007
7. Orhan Pamuk, 2006. Read “My Name is Red’ in 2012 🙂
8. Harold Pinter, 2005
9. Elfriede Jelinek, 2004
10. John M. Coetzee, 2003
11. Imre Kertész, 2002
12. Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, 2001
13. Gao Xingjian, 2000
14. Günter Grass, 1999
15. José Saramago, 1998
16. Dario Fo, 1997
17. Wislawa Szymborska, 1996
18. Seamus Heaney, 1995
19. Kenzaburo Oe, 1994
20. Toni Morrison, 1993
21. Derek Walcott, 1992
22. Nadine Gordimer, 1991
23. Octavio Paz, 1990
24. Camilo José Cela, 1989
25. Naguib Mahfouz, 1988
26. Joseph Brodsky, 1987
27. Wole Soyinka, 1986
28. Claude Simon, 1985
29. Jaroslav Seifert, 1984
30. William Golding, 1983
31. Gabriel García Márquez. Read in 2004 🙂
32. Elias Canetti, 1981
33. Czeslaw Milosz, 1980
34. Odysseus Elytis, 1979
35. Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1978
36. Vicente Aleixandre, 1977
37. Saul Bellow, 1976
38. Eugenio Montale, 1975
39. Eyvind Johnson, Harry Martinson, 1974
40. Patrick White, 1973
41. Heinrich Böll, 1972
42. Pablo Neruda, 1971
43. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, 1970
44. Samuel Beckett, 1969
45. Yasunari Kawabata, 1968
46. Miguel Angel Asturias, 1967
47. Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Nelly Sachs, 1966
48. Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, 1965
49. Jean-Paul Sartre, 1964
50. Giorgos Seferis, 1963
51. John Steinbeck, 1962
52. Ivo Andric, 1961
53. Saint-John Perse, 1960
54. Salvatore Quasimodo, 1959
55. Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, 1958
56. Albert Camus, 1957 Read “The Plague’ in 1993 🙂
57. Juan Ramón Jiménez, 1956
58. Halldór Kiljan Laxness, 1955
59. Ernest Miller Hemingway, 1954
60. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, 1953
61. François Mauriac, 1952
62. Pär Fabian Lagerkvist, 1951
63. Earl (Bertrand Arthur William) Russell, 1950
64. William Faulkner, 1949
65. Thomas Stearns Eliot, 1948
66. André Paul Guillaume Gide, 1947
67. Hermann Hesse, 1946
68. Gabriela Mistral, 1945
69. Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, 1944
70. Frans Eemil Sillanpää, 1939
71. Pearl Buck, 1938
72. Roger Martin du Gard, 1937
73. Eugene Gladstone O’Neill, 1936
74. Luigi Pirandello, 1934
75. Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin, 1933
76. John Galsworthy, 1932
77. Erik Axel Karlfeldt, 1931
78. Sinclair Lewis, 1930
79. Thomas Mann, 1929
80. Sigrid Undset, 1928
81. Henri Bergson, 1927
82. Grazia Deledda, 1926
83. George Bernard Shaw, 1925
84. Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, 1924
85. William Butler Yeats, 1923
86. Jacinto Benavente, 1922
87. Anatole France, 1921
88. Knut Pedersen Hamsun, 1920
89. Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler, 1919
90. Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Henrik Pontoppidan, 1917
91. Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam, 1916
92. Romain Rolland, 1915
93. Rabindranath Tagore, 1913
94. Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann, 1912
95. Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck, 1911
96. Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse, 1910
97. Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf, 1909
98. Rudolf Christoph Eucken, 1908
99. Rudyard Kipling, 1907. Read the “Jungle Book” in 2012 🙂
100. Giosuè Carducci, 1906
101. Henryk Sienkiewicz, 1905. Read “Quo Vadis: a narrative of time of Nero” in 1996 🙂
102. Frédéric Mistral, José Echegaray y Eizaguirre, 1904
103. Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson, 1903
104. Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen, 1902
105. Sully Prudhomme, 1901
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I started trying to do this last year! I really recommend J.M. Coetzee. He’s a fantastic writer from South Africa who delves in philosophy—exploring both the ethics of eating animals and also things like the relationship between the mind/body. And Llosa/Marquéz are great – South American authors are just incredible.
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