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3:32 AM - Aug 29, 2013 #31

mine too (and welcome aboard rouquette), in fact at one point I thought he'd already won (but as in wrong one)...
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3:52 AM - Aug 29, 2013 #32

Haven't read anything by Mistry. What type of writer is he, generally?

My picks would probably be:

Poets the only real options for me are: Adonis, Ko Un, and Tanikawa Shuntarō . Shuntarō is probably the one most people are least familiar with, but he has an almost 6 decade career as a poet in Japan, and has consistently been one of the nation's most popular and translated poet for many years, not to mention a translator himself. Here's an example of one Tanikawa's striking and intense poems, from a later collection:
wrote:Road

It’s a tangled road
a snarl of yarn that can’t be unraveled
there is one exit, being a maze,
the blue sky alone, opening above.

I have been chasing you
hoping to glimpse the far-off place
you gaze at, to see past your back,
around corners of dawn, past noons in the park.

Along rivers of evenings, overpasses of darkness
a map of days was followed,
yet coming to an open view of the mountains
I lost sight of your receding form.
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Novelists/fiction writers: Amos Oz, Ngugi wa-Thiogo, and Peter Carey are the only ones that come up that I'm remotely qualified to judge and don't find particularly offensive. Murakami could fall into that category too, but I can't get over myself and my opinion of him as both overrated because of his western chic-ish-ness (his profile in Japan is nowhere near as enormous and respected as you would think given his ubiquitous presence as the singular example of Japanese literature on most American bookshelves), and that I want him to have to wait a while longer before winning. It would be a shame, if he won rather than someone like Tanikawa Shuntaro.
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7:30 AM - Aug 29, 2013 #33

A Fine Balance is a brilliant, Jake. I'm not going to say much about it at some distance from, tbut by all means recommended. Will bookmark Shuntaro
I only think, if that is the name for this vertiginous panic as of hornets smoked out of their nests, once a certain degree of terror has been exceeded
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2:57 PM - Aug 29, 2013 #34

I would agree with oneofmurphysbiscuits that A Fine Balance is wonderful work and if Kadare does not win, Mistry would be a good candidate. Is it India/Canada's turn?
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7:45 PM - Aug 30, 2013 #35

Seamus Heaney died today. If you've still to read his poetry, please read his poetry.

And thankyou for nudging me to read Ismail Kadare, {{{{{{{{Dave}}}}}}}}}}} and rouquette
I only think, if that is the name for this vertiginous panic as of hornets smoked out of their nests, once a certain degree of terror has been exceeded
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9:23 PM - Aug 30, 2013 #36

I loved A Fine Balance. Any recommendation on what to read next? I've not heard nearly as much acclaim for any of his other novels.
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1:21 AM - Aug 31, 2013 #37

Elie wrote:I loved A Fine Balance. Any recommendation on what to read next? I've not heard nearly as much acclaim for any of his other novels.
I've read Such a Long Journey and Tales From Firozsha Baag, both of which are excellent. Either of those would be a good next step. Both are earlier than A Fine Balance.
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1:58 PM - Sep 03, 2013 #38

From Orthofer on twitter: Ladbrokes odds up. Phew. Finally something substantial for journalists to base their speculations on.

The list is pretty much same ol' same ol', though I'm impressed that Chang-rae Lee is apparently important enough to be listed twice.
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3:22 PM - Sep 03, 2013 #39

Bjorn wrote:From Orthofer on twitter: Ladbrokes odds up. Phew. Finally something substantial for journalists to base their speculations on.

The list is pretty much same ol' same ol', though I'm impressed that Chang-rae Lee is apparently important enough to be listed twice.
Don't remember Joyce Carol Oates being anything like that high last year, unless my memory's going? That's the most interesting thing in there for me.
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6:05 PM - Sep 03, 2013 #40

Where's E.L. James?! :eek:
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