Nobel jury announces winners of literary prize

The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on Thursday.

Though the recipient is notoriously unpredictable, a clear contender is Sir Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born writer and free speech advocate who spent years in hiding after Iran’s spiritual rulers demanded his death over his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses.

The 75-year-old was stabbed and seriously injured at a festival in upstate New York in August.


Sir Salman Rushdie is among the favorites for the Nobel Prize in Literature (Booker Prizes/PA)

Other potential winners include literary giants from around the world – Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Japanese Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Jon Fosse, Antigua-born Jamaica Kincaid and French Annie Ernaux.

Last year’s award went to Tanzanian-born, UK-based writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose novels examine the impact of migration on individuals and societies.

Gurnah was only the sixth Nobel Laureate in Literature to be born in Africa, and the prize has long been criticized for focusing too much on European and North American writers. With only 16 women among the 118 winners, it is also dominated by men.

The awards to Gurnah in 2021 and to US poet Louise Gluck in 2020 helped the literary prize emerge from years of controversy and scandal.

In 2018, the award was postponed after allegations of sexual abuse rocked the Swedish Academy, which appoints the Nobel Literature Committee, and prompted an exodus of members.

The academy has redesigned itself, but has faced more criticism for awarding the 2019 literary prize to Austrian Peter Handke, who has been described as an apologist for Serbian war crimes.

A week of Nobel Prize announcements began Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the Medicine Prize for unlocking the mysteries of Neanderthal DNA, which provided important insights into our immune system.

Three scientists jointly won the physics prize on Tuesday. Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F. Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger had shown that tiny particles can remain connected to each other even when separated, a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement and used in specialized computers and encryption of information can be used.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Americans Carolyn R. Bertozzi and K. Barry Sharpless and Danish scientist Morten Meldal for developing a ‘sticking molecules together’ method that can be used to study cells, map DNA and Development of targeted drugs can be used to target diseases such as cancer more accurately.

The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the Economics Prize on Monday.

The prizes are worth 10 million Swedish kroner (nearly £805,000) and will be presented on December 10th. The money comes from a legacy left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, in 1895. Nobel jury announces winners of literary prize

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