Welcome to this year’s Nobel Literature Prize. Pretty much like last year’s Nobel Literature Prize.
It’s hard to beat the Literary Saloon to the draw: They led the guessing with a July 1 column, “Nobel Prize speculation (already?!?).” The site admitted: “Not surprisingly, most of the odds resemble the closing odds for the 2010 prize, but there are big differences, so punters are advised to compare odds before placing their bets.” Cormac McCarthy (9/2) was just ahead of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (11/2) at Ladbrokes. Huffington Post picked up the cry here.
We can recycle last year’s reasons why McCarthy won’t get the prize. Blogger John Matthew Fox thinks he won’t get it because he’s too popular: “The trend over the last few years from the academy is to choose authors that leave a great deal of the world scratching their head and saying “who?” Le Clézio? Please.”
Apparently, The Guardian agrees: It has declared Adonis the frontrunner – wasn’t he the frontrunner for awhile last year?
Ladbrokes has made the 81-year-old – who has been described as “the most important Arab poet of our time” – its 4/1 favorite. “Adonis has been a permanent fixture on the shortlist in the past and the odds suggest this could be his year,” said spokesman Alex Donohue.
He’s just ahead of Tomas Tranströmer. “After hitting the woodwork last year we think Tranströmer has a superb chance of atoning for defeat,” said Donohue. That would certainly be nice. But the Swedish judges seem reluctant to award one of their own.
Tomas Venclova anyone? He hasn’t surfaced on Ladbrokes long list yet.