Nobel Prize for Literature 2021: 'outstanding work' recognized
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Nobel Prize winners are nominated in medicine, physics, and chemistry. Now the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature will follow.

STOCKHOLM – The Swedish Academy in Stockholm will announce on Thursday (October 7, 2021) who will be awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature. The prize is considered the world’s most prestigious literary prize and, according to the will of its founder Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), is awarded to those who have created a “outstanding work” in literature. She was recently awarded the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics*, and Medicine*.

The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded since 1901 and this year it has been awarded around 980,000 euros. American poet Louise Gluck received the award last year. French poet Sauli Prudhomme won the first Nobel Prize for Literature in 1901.

Nobel Prize for Literature 2021: These are the nominees

This year’s favorites are Japanese author Haruki Murakami and Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Ann Carson, German news agency DPA reported. However, whoever does so in the end will remain strictly under lock and key until Thursday. Then the door into the magnificent stock exchange building in Stockholm’s old town Gamla Stan opens at 1pm before the Swedish Academy gives it a name.

Anyway, betting shops targeted the usual suspects again. They currently expect Romanian writer Mircea Certurescu to stand the best chance of winning the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature. Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya comes in behind, with Anne Carson in third.

Carrier: World Literature Prize
2015: Svetlana Alexievich “For her polyphonic work, which is a monument to the suffering and courage of our time”
2016: Bob Dylan “for his new poetic creations in the great American song tradition”
2017: Kazuo Ishiguro “Who has exposed, in novels with strong emotional impact, the abyss in our supposed relationship with the world”
2018: Olga Tokarczuk “For the narrative imagination which, with an encyclopedic passion, shows the excesses as a way of life”
2019: Peter Handke “For an influential work that explored the marginal regions and the idiosyncrasies of human experiences with linguistic ingenuity”
2020: Louise Gluck “For her unmistakable poetic voice which, with its stern beauty, makes individual existence universal”

Decisions regarding the Nobel Prize in Literature are often controversial. Critics complain about the low proportion of women (16 Nobel Prizes so far) or the predominance of European and American award winners. The literary quality of some of the award winners is also discussed: for example, the Bob Dylan Award for Singer-Songwriter (2016). (marv/dpa) * fr.de view from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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