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Of course, there's always the problem that with only ONE winner per year and no public short list, we're inevitably drawing conclusions about trends based on a very small sample. Would the "what happened to the Nobel Prize" discussion look much the same if they'd chosen an obscure writer this year and Ishiguro in 2018? Would Dylan look as weird if we'd known who he beat out? (Well, yeah.)wrote:Given its pedigree, the Nobel Prize doesnt have to keep sponsors happy, which means it doesnt necessarily face this kind of pressure. And yet its also shifted its identify over the last three years, embracing a kind of populism. Obscurity is no longer a virtue, and all literary forms are welcome. But that change has also come at a cost. Despite being dismayingly Eurocentrica black African writer has not won since 1987, for instancethe Nobel was the premier way for difficult and strange writing of high quality to get a wider audience. With the Nobel edging toward the likes of Dylan and Ishiguro, this is a loss for global literature.
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I am in disagreement with MAO there. I don't mind an established laureate. The Nobel Prize can be for everyone and not just those who read a lot of literature. They should award any author they deem worthy regardless of popularity or obscurity, ease or difficulty. The work above all else. Personally, I do enjoy Ishiguro even though he's not a favorite and isn't really to my taste. I think a convincing case can be made for his distinction as a very good writer, even a great one.
I'm actually glad that they're looking at popular candidates alongside more unfamiliar ones. It sends a message that they are committed to literary quality first and foremost. For those who want only obscure, previously unknown, or unheralded authors, I don't believe the Nobel Prize should serve that function.
MAO disappoints more and more as the years go by... Just my opinion.