Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Read the Nobels

http://readnobels.blogspot.com

A Perpetual Reading Challenge


In spring 2013, I browsed the internet for interesting books to read as every so often and came across a blog that is dedicated to the Nobel Prize in Literature, more precisely to the works of its many recipients since 1901. Basically, Read the Nobels serves as a collecting site for reviews (not just the links) that the participants of the perpetual reading challenge wish to share. Having launched my book blog with a review of Auto-da-fé by Elias Canetti, who was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Literature, and planning to present more novels written by Nobel Prize laureates in due course, I didn’t hesitate to join.

In fact, everybody interested with a BLOGGER or GOOGLE account can join this challenge. It suffices to write an e-mail with the necessary data to the administrator. She will then add you as an author (click here for detailed instructions) so you can post on the site. Also bloggers ready to take more responsibility for the blog and to help revive it will certainly be welcome.

In addition, I joined the annual event Read the Nobels 2016 hosted by The Guiltless Reader on her blog Guiltless Reading as well as on Read the Nobels. And of course, I made a seperate list for it although it's pretty short.

For my and your convenience, I made a complete list of recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature since its first award in 1901 with the links to my original reviews from Edith’s Miscellany and LaGraziana’s Kalliopeion.  Of course, there is a much greater choice of reviews available on Read the Nobels because it isn’t limited to my posts.

However, this is my current count:
44
reviews of books written by 43 Nobel Prize laureates in Literature of altogether 113.

And here comes the list:

2016: Bob Dylon (USA)
2015: Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich (Belarus) 

2014: Patrick Modiano (France)
2013: Alice Munro (Canada)  
2012: Mo Yan (China)
2011: Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden) 
   
2010: Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru) 
2009: Herta Müller (Germany) 
    • The Passport (1986), original German title: Der Mensch ist ein großer Fasan auf der Welt
2008: Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (France/Mauritius)
    • Desert (1980), original French title: Désert
2007: Doris Lessing (United Kingdom) 
2006: Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) 
    • Snow (2002), original Turkish title: Kar
2005: Harold Pinter (United Kingdom) 

2004: Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)
2003: John Maxwell Coetzee (South Africa) 
  
2002: Kertész Imre (Hungary)
2001: Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (United Kingdom)
2000: Gao Xingjian (France) 
1999: Günter Grass (Germany)
   
1998: José Saramago (Portugal)
1997: Dario Fo (Italy) 
1996: Wisława Szymborska (Poland) 
1995: Seamus Heaney (Ireland) 

1994: Ōe Kenzaburō (Japan) 
    • The Changeling (2000), original Japanese title: 取り替え子 (チェンジリング)
1993: Toni Morrison (USA)
1992: Derek Walcott (Saint Lucia) 

1991: Nadine Gordimer (South Africa) 
1990: Octavio Paz (Mexico) 
1989: Camilo José Cela (Spain)
    • The Hive (1951), original Spanish title: La colmena
1988: Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt) 
    • Midaq Alley (1947), original Arabic title: زقاق المدق
1987: Joseph Aleksandrovich Brodsky (Soviet Union/USA) 
1986: Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
1985: Claude Simon (France) 
1984: Jaroslav Seifert (Czechoslovakia) 
1983: William Golding (Great Britain)  

1982: Gabriel García Márquez (Columbia/Mexico)
1981: Elias Canetti (Bulgaria/Great Britain) 
    •  Auto-da-fé (1935), original German title: Die Blendung
1980: Czesław Miłosz (Poland/USA) 
1979: Odysseus Elytis (Greece) 

1978: Isaac Bashevis Singer (USA) 
1977: Vicente Aleixandre (Spain) 
1976: Saul Bellow (USA) 
1975: Eugenio Montale (Italy) 
1974: Eyvind Johnson (Sweden) and 
           Harry Edmund Martinson (Sweden)

1973: Patrick White (Australia)
1972: Heinrich Böll (Federal Republic of Germany) 
1971: Pablo Neruda (Chile) 
 
1970: Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (Soviet Union) 
1969: Samuel Beckett (Ireland) 
1968: Kawabata Yasunari (Japan) 
1967: Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala) 
 
1966: Nelly Sachs (Sweden) and
          Samuel Joseph Agnon (Israel)
1965: Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov (Soviet Union) 
1964: declined by Jean Paul Sartre (France) 
1963: Giorgos Seferis (Greece) 

1962: John Steinbeck (USA) 
1961: Ivo Andrić (Yugoslavia)       
1960: Saint-John Perse (France) 
1959: Salvatore Quasimodo (Italy) 
1958: declined by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (Soviet Union) 
        
1957: Albert Camus (France)
    • The Plague (1947), original French title: La peste 
1956: Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spain) 

1955: Halldor Kiljan Laxness (Iceland) 
1954: Ernest Hemingway (USA)
1953: Sir Winston Churchill (Great Britain)
1952: François Mauriac (France)
1951: Pär F. Lagerkvist (Sweden) 

1950: Bertrand Russell (Great Britain)
1949: William Faulkner (USA) 
1948: T. S. Eliot (Great Britain) 

1947: André Gide (France) 
1946: Hermann Hesse (Germany/Switzerland) 
1945: Gabriela Mistral (Chile)
1944: Johannes V. Jensen (Denmark)

1943: not awarded
1942: not awarded
1941: not awarded 
1940: not awarded

1939: Frans Eemil Sillanpää (Finland) 
1938: Pearl S. Buck (USA) 
1937: Roger Martin du Gard (France)
1936: Eugene O'Neill (USA)
 
1935: not awarded 
   
1934: Luigi Pirandello (Italy)
1933: Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (Soviet Union)

1932: John Galsworthy (Great Britain) 
1931: Erik A. Karlfeldt (Sweden) 
  
1930: Sinclair Lewis (USA) 
1929: Thomas Mann (Germany) 
1928: Sigrid Undset (Norway) 
1927: Henri Bergson (France) 
  
1926: Grazia Deledda (Italy) 
1925: George Bernard Shaw (Great Britain [Ireland])
1924: Władysław Stanisław Reymont (Poland)

1923: William Butler Yeats (Ireland) 
1922: Jacinto Benavente (Spain)

1921: Anatole France (France) 
1920: Knut Hamsun (Norway)
1919: Carl F. G. Spitteler (Switzerland)

1918: not awarded 
   
1917: Karl A. Gjellerup (Denmark) and
           Henrik Pontoppidan (Denmark)

1916: Verner von Heidenstam (Sweden)  
1915: Romain Rolland (France)
 
1914: not awarded 
    
1913: Rabindranath Tagore (India)
1912: Gerhart Hauptmann (Germany)
1911: Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgium)
1910: Paul J. L. Heyse (Germany)

1909: Selma Lagerlöf (Sweden)
1908: Rudolf C. Eucken (Germany)

1907: Rudyard Kipling (Great Britain) 
1906: Giosuè Carducci (Italy)
1905: Henryk Sienkiewicz (Poland)
1904: Frédéric Mistral (France) and
           José Echegaray y Ezaguirre (Spain)
1903: Bjørnsterne Bjørnson (Norway)
1902: Theodore Mommsen (Germany)
1901: René F. A. Sully Prudhomme (France)

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