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The live broadcast has started

Here we go ! You can watch the video at the top of this live blog (you may need to refresh your browser if you joined a while ago). Fifteen minutes before the announcement of the winner…

Sarah Saffi

It’s hard to predict a winner for this year’s award, given that there’s a 99.9% chance I’m wrong, but I’m still going to say that I think Margaret Atwood might have a chance.

My choice is quite calculated: the academy is unlikely to give back-to-back awards to people from the same geographic region, and since last year’s award went to Zanzibar-born Abdulrazak Gurnah, that rules out unfortunately a number of excellent African writers. (I wish I was wrong here.)

The last Canadian to win was Alice Munro in 2013, so there’s a long enough gap between wins for the prize to go to another Canadian legend. Plus, Atwood is over 80, and if now isn’t the time to honor him, when is?

And finally, Atwood produces work that speaks to our political, cultural and social times, but is not faddy, which the Swedish Academy would surely avoid.

So that’s my prediction. My apologies to Atwood in advance, I’m definitely wrong.

Sarah Saffi

Facts and figures

The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded 114 times, to 118 people, between 1901 and 2021.

The seven “missing” awards were in 1914, 1918, 1935, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943. Many of these years correspond to the two world wars, when fewer awards were given, but the academy may also choose to reserve the price. money if they find that “none of the works considered” correspond to the objective of honoring “the person who will have produced in the field of literature the most remarkable work in an ideal direction”.

The youngest literary winner is Rudyard Kipling, who was 41 when he received the literature prize in 1907, while the oldest is Doris Lessing, who was 88 when she received the prize exactly 100 years later. in 2007.

Lessing is one of only 16 women to have won the award, a dismal number. The award has also traditionally been Eurocentric, and in 2019 it promised to be less so; that year, it rewarded two European writers.

Lucia Chevalier

Lucia Chevalier

It begins!

The Swedish Academy is now in session to decide this year’s prize #Nobel prize In the litterature.

Join us here from 13:00 CEST to find out who received this year’s literature award!

Photo: Svenska Academy pic.twitter.com/8bHMElrq2l

— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2022

Lucia Chevalier

Lucia Chevalier

Previous years have taught us that all the Nobel predictions we make are usually very, very wrong… But that won’t stop us from guessing every year! This year, I’m betting on French author Michel Houellebecq, who is also a favorite among bookmakers.

Lucia Chevalier

Lucia Chevalier

It wouldn’t be fair to live blog about the Nobel Prize without sharing the hilarious video of 2007 winner Doris Lessing.

British author Doris Lessing reacts to Nobel Prize
Lucia Chevalier

Lucia Chevalier

“All good books are alike in that they are more real than if they had actually happened and after you finish reading one you will feel that everything that happened to you and then everything is yours. ”

– Ernest Hemingway received the 1954 Literature Prize pic.twitter.com/lN0avcAwEf

— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2022

Sarah Saffi

At The Atlantic, New Republic writer Alex Shepherd said it was a “dumb race” trying to predict the literature prize winner; admitting he’s been wrong for seven straight years.

This year, instead of winners, he chose authors who “have never won the prize” and probably won’t this year, but who have “over the past decades built an astonishing and influential body of work”.

Shepherd’s top choice is Norwegian novelist and playwright Jon Fosse, who was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize this year for A New Name: Septology VI-VII, translated by Damion Searls.

Also on Shepherd’s list are French writer Annie Ernaux, who was the bookmakers’ favorite last year, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, whom Shepherd describes as “arguably the most important and influential African novelist working today”. The 84-year-old regularly appears on lists of possible Nobel laureates, but Shepherd says this year is particularly unlikely given that the academy awarded an African writer, Abdulrazaq Gurnah, in 2021.

Chinese writer Can Xue and Australian author Gerald Murnane are the final two authors on Shepherd’s list.

Lucia Chevalier

Lucia Chevalier

One of the most powerful and distinguished storytellers of our time: Toni Morrison, became the first African-American woman to receive a #Nobel prize when she received the literature prize in 1993.

Stay tuned to find out about the recipient(s) of the 2022 Literature Prize! pic.twitter.com/szTSRemXOw

— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 6, 2022

Sarah Saffi

More rules

People hoping to see Hilary Mantel, who died last month, win the Nobel Prize for Literature may have to think again; the rules state that Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded posthumously.

Since 1974, if a recipient dies after the award is announced, they can still receive it. Previously, a person could be awarded posthumously if they had already been nominated before February 1 of the same year.



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