STOCKHOLM (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — It's soon time for the highbrow culture event of the year: the Nobel Prize in literature. But don't worry if you are left scratching your head when the winner is announced.
The academy is expected to announce the winner on Thursday, but has not yet confirmed the date. Here's a look at the potential surprises and the old-time favorites:
Part of the reason for this is that the academy aims to include literature from all the world's corners in their considerations, even those not widely translated into English. They also seek to award poets, playwrights and other types of writers. Who could surprise this year? Check out: Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse, Belarusian investigative journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich or Croatian novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugresic. Other writers that may have caught the attention of the academy are Finnish author Sofi Oksanen, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jamaica Kincaid of Antigua, according to Maria Schottenius, a critic at Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
On Saturday, Murakami was the favorite to win at betting firm Ladbrokes, followed by Djebar, Kadare and Syrian-born poet Adonis, pen name for Ali Ahmed Said.
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