Possible contenders: Margaret Atwood
Like Rushdie, Atwood has already won the Booker Prize, twice, successful fact: for The Blind Assassin successful 2000 and for The Testaments successful 2019 (when she shared the grant with Bernardine Evaristo, who won for Girl, Woman, Other). The 82-year-old writer has consistently produced critically and commercially acclaimed books, and writes crossed genres and forms.
The Swedish Academy does similar to grant writers who talk astir powerfulness and authorities successful their work; past year’s winner, Abdulrazaq Gurnah was awarded for “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the destiny of the exile successful the gulf betwixt cultures and continents”. Given however often ideas and imagery from Atwood’s work, peculiarly The Handmaid’s Tale, has been utilized successful caller years, the academy could justice that present is the cleanable clip to grant her.
Possible contenders: Salman Rushdie
British-American novelist Rushdie is intelligibly astatine the forefront of people’s minds, fixed the horrific onslaught connected him earlier this year. His enactment has agelong been admired – and he’s already won 1 of the world’s different large literate prizes, the Booker, for Midnight’s Children successful 1981. His sanction has been floated arsenic a imaginable Nobel lit victor for years, and he’s among the bookies’ favourites this year. Certainly, David Remnick astatine the New Yorker thinks it’s Rushdie’s time; earlier this twelvemonth helium wrote: “As a literate artist, Rushdie is richly deserving of the Nobel, and the lawsuit is lone augmented by his relation arsenic an uncompromising defender of state and a awesome of resiliency.”
But whether the academy takes into relationship caller events and makes Rushdie this year’s victor is anyone’s guess, and the information that it took them 27 years to condemn the fatwa issued against Rushdie. If helium does win, he’d beryllium the archetypal Indian-born writer to bash truthful since Rabindranath Tagore, each the mode backmost successful 1913.
Last year’s victor was Abdulrazak Gurnah, making him the archetypal Black African successful 35 years to triumph the prize. Gurnah, who grew up connected 1 of the islands of Zanzibar earlier fleeing persecution and arriving successful England arsenic a pupil successful the 1960s, was praised by the Nobel for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the destiny of the exile successful the gulf betwixt cultures and continents”.
Here’s a roundup of the bookmakers’ favourites for this year’s prize
Hello and invited to the Guardian’s unrecorded sum of the Nobel prize successful literature, which should beryllium awarded to “the idiosyncratic who shall person produced successful the tract of lit the astir outstanding enactment successful an perfect direction”, according to the volition of Alfred Nobel.
This year’s victor volition beryllium announced astatine 12pm BST (1pm CEST). Will it beryllium Salman Rushdie, a bookmaker’s favourite aft helium was stabbed astatine a nationalist lecture earlier this year? Could it beryllium different songwriter, similar Bob Dylan, who was chosen successful 2016? Or is it yet the twelvemonth for Haruki Murakami, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o oregon Annie Ernaux – each names that are predicted twelvemonth aft year.
Join my workfellow Sarah Shaffi and I for the adjacent hr oregon truthful arsenic we station updates, trivia and speculation astir this year’s prize.