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Welbeck, Rushdie or Grossman: who will win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2022? - Walla! culture

2022-10-02T20:25:45.552Z

On Thursday, the most prestigious prize in the world of literature will be awarded again, and the betting agencies are buzzing like every year. Among the leading candidates: Ngogi and Thiongo, Annie Arnaud and Roki Murakami



Welbeck, Rushdie or Grossman: who will win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2022?

On Thursday, the most prestigious prize in the world of literature will be awarded again, and the betting agencies are buzzing like every year.

Among the leading candidates: the Kenyan Ngogi He Thiongo, the French Annie Arnaud and the Japanese Rocky Murakami.

The list is based on guesses and estimates only, as the names of the candidates are confidential

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On video: the writer Salman Rushdie, author of the book "The Devil's Verses", was stabbed on stage at a conference in New York (Reuters)

This week the winners of the Nobel Prize for 2022 will be announced, and the prize in the field of literature will also be awarded on Thursday, 121 years after it was first awarded.

The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded by the Swedish Academy (almost) every year, since 1901, to a writer who has created "the most extraordinary work, with an idealistic tendency".



As every year, this time too the discussions about the identity of the potential winners arouse great interest, and the betting sites are buzzing.

On the Nicerodds website, it is estimated that the leading candidate for this year's award is none other than the controversial French author Michel Welbeck ("The Elementary Particles", "Surrender", "The Map and the Territory"), who previously won the Goncourt Prize.

He is followed on the list by the Kenyan writer and playwright Ngogi Wa Thiongo ("Matigari"), who is considered one of the greatest African writers of our time, and in recent years has been considered a leading candidate for the prize.

leading the stakes this year.

Michel Welbeck, 2011 (Photo: Nimrod Saunders)

Considered a leading candidate in recent years.

The Kenyan writer and playwright Ngogi Wa Thiongo and his wife (Photo: GettyImages)

In third place on the list is the Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie, also a longtime candidate for the prize.

Rushdie, whose book "The Satanic Verses" from 1988 provoked great outrage in the Muslim world to the point of a fatwa by the then leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, and death threats from extremist elements due to the way he presented the Prophet Muhammad, was stabbed last month in New York.

Following this, voices arose in the literary community that called for him to be awarded the prize this year, as a statement of the importance of freedom of expression.

This is not the only organization of its kind this year: the Polish Academy of Sciences called for the prize to be awarded this year to the Ukrainian creator Sergey Zhadan, against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of his country.



After Rushdie, the list continues with the French writer Annie Arnault;

the Canadian poet, essayist and translator Prof. Ann Carson;

the American writer Gariel Lutz, formerly known as Gary Lutz;

the French writer Pierre Michonne;

And the top ten is rounded off by the popular Japanese writer Haruki Murakami ("Norwegian Forest", "Kafka on the Beach"), who only last year led the betting charts, and the acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood ("The Handmaid's Tale").

Other familiar names that appear on the betting list, with lower odds, are Stephen King, Jamaica Kincaid, Helen Sixo, Don DeLillo, Karl Oba Knausgaard, and more.

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Spiritualists are calling for him to be given the award after the attack.

Rushdi (Photo: Reuters)

According to Wikipedia, at the Ladbrokes betting agency you can also find the Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Czech Milan Kundera, the Syrian poet Adonis and the writer David Grossman, the only Israeli representative, on the list.

The only Israeli to win the prize is S. Y. Agnon. It was awarded to him in 1966 alongside the German poet Nelly Zakash.



It should be emphasized that these bets are based on guesses and estimates only, since the discussions of the Swedish Academy and even the list of submitted candidates are confidential for 50 years - so the public actually has no way of knowing who is really nominated this year or who won the winners in previous years.

The only Israeli representative in the betting tables.

David Grossman (Photo: GettyImages)

Last year, the Tanzanian writer Prof. Abdulrazak Gorna unexpectedly won, "for the compassionate and uncompromising introduction of the effects of colonialism, and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents", as the judges reasoned.

In 2020, the award was won by Canadian-Jewish poet Louise Glick.

The year before, two writers won at once for the years 2018 and 2019: the Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and the Austrian writer and playwright Peter Hendke, respectively.

The reason for the double award is that in 2018 the prestigious award was canceled for the first time since 1943, following a crisis that erupted in the Swedish Academy and concerned, among other things, sexual assaults and the resignation of Academy members.

In 2017, British writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the prize, and before him, the prize was surprisingly awarded to American musician Bob Dylan.

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