Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Pamuk . . . or Kapuscinski?

The Nobel in literature will be announced tomorrow, and the favorite is Orhan Pamuk, whose books I’ve never read but have heard good things about. It would be a good choice for political reasons, since writers in Turkey are under dubious attack for writing things that insult Turkey (like mentioning the Armenian genocide in a novel). So maybe the Nobel people want to remind Turkey that the world cares about its writers.

This article suggests that one of the favorites is Ryszard Kapuscinski! Kapuscinski is a Polish journalist who has written some great non-fiction books, but the Nobel Prize in literature? It seems like a real stretch. That said, I recommend his Another Day of Life and The Soccer War.

UPDATE: Pamuk won it.

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