Nobel Prize Winners in Literature

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Sadowianka says:

Talking of prizes: Margaret Atwood received one of the most distinguished German book prizes yesterday (Der Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels)!

annapotpot says:

Having watched your videos for quite some time now, you really sold me into reading several authors’ works, including Kazuo Ishiguro’s. I might spend my free credit on Audible for The Remains of the Day, as acquiring a physical copy is difficult in our country. On another note, I just picked up The Poisonwood Bible at our local book sale since you mentioned it in one of your videos. :)

Zohal Arbabzada says:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez writes excellent short stories! :) I’m not surprised John Steinbeck won that award

Adriana Resendez says:

I highly suggest reading Pablo Neruda’s poetry and Gabriela Mistral’s. These two winners knew each other as Gabriela was Pablo’s school principal I believe ☺ I’m going through Mistral’s work now

Jake Li says:

The Grapes of Wrath; East of Eden; Of Mice and Men; The Pearl; The Red Pony; Burning Bright; In Dubious Battle.

Raven Scott says:

Thanks for all the recommendations! I love your channel.

Ingert Svärd says:

The Noble prize is a big thing for me and have been so all my life. In my family this is an important day when the Noble prize in Literature is announce. And after that we all needed to read a work of the author and normally out load for the whole family to hear. I still keeping this tradition, now long way from home, and I hope my kids one day will do the same for my grandkids.

My problem with the prize is that it has been given to too many male, white, western European authors. The continent of Africa has so many good authors, and so has the meddle east. In Sweden it is really easy to find good translation form this regions. And there fore all Swedes in the Academy have the opportunity to read good authors from this regions but it looks like they do not.

One of your favorite author, Joan Didion, has been on the list for the Prize but she will probably never get it, unfortunately.

You should read Singert (1978), Kertesz (2002), Undset (1928), Modiano (2014) Lagerlöf (1910), Soyinka (1986), and Xingjian (2000) all worth your time.

Eric Karl Anderson says:

I’m so happy that Ishiguro won! You’re right, he gets at those touchstones of feeling so well. My favourite novel by him is The Unconsoled – such a brilliant, oddly unsettling dreamscape!
HA! I love the comparison you make to Parks & Rec.
Get to One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s so wonderful!

Milos Djakovic says:

great review and idea for a video, however pretty penurious, mostly concentrated on the English/American opuses and writers. Tagore, Hamsun, Yeats, Mann, Hesse, Eliot, Andric, Pasternak, Sartre, Neruda, Beckett just to add a few names. Great literary works transgress the language barriers, they are sort of a humanitarian excellence. Please note that I am writing this with a great respect to your efforts, I just wished you had dug deeper as what you do is also very much humanitarian, as well. Thank you!

Miguel Ortiz says:

Please read One Hundred Years of Solitude! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in a video!

Belinda Tucker says:

I am so glad I found your channel! I need more of this type of booktube in my life!

Rico L says:

Nice summary. Since you enjoy short stories, try The Flash Fiction Ponder.

alg11297 says:

Thanks for leaving out Issac Batsheva Singer whose short stories, novels and children’s book are a wide range of stuff you’ve never read.

tortoise dreams says:

Excellent! Ishiguro winning made the Nobel seem more contemporary to me, a writer of my time (& sadly, language). Remains of the Day is a perfectly written book. After this video, I think I want to read a book by each of the Laureates …

alg11297 says:

And Sinclair Lewis the author of Babbitt, Elmer Gantry, It Can’t Happen Here, and Main Street

paraplyen says:

Great video. Remains of the Day is a beautiful book. The Nobel Prize is my favourite literary award because it’s international. Would have loved if you talked more about the non-American authors.

E. J. says:

No love for A Pale View of Hills? My first Ishiguro novel and I’m hooked on his writing.

bit hassaaan says:

can you make a vid. about the different writing styles or any thing else that you think might help us readers become better critics

The Kid The Judge says:

Have you read Bob Dylan’s lyrics separate from his music? His lyrics are apart of a lineage in American poetry and his lyrics are just on par with any living American poet. “Desolation Row” has a very modernist angle, something reminiscent of TS Eliot and Ezra Pound. “Mr. Tambourine Man” absolutely creates these chains of images that is similar to Arthur Rimbaud’s surrealistic and esoteric symbols. Though I do agree that there were better options, especially authors in the minority camp, but to say his words are not on the same level as established poets is being a tad bit naive (please note, definitely not trying to be insulting or pejorative whatsoever). By the standards that “songwriters aren’t literary” then should we toss Sapho, Percy Shelley, Langston Hughes, and other lyrical poets who wrote song-like melodic poems?

Infinite Text says:

“it’s somewhere right behind me isn’t it?” lol! I’m so glad you made this video.

Sherry says:

I love Steinbeck!! Most of the books you’ve recommended have become some of my favs! :)

Lisa's stitching and such says:

I’ve read Never Let You Go and Remains of the Day and as you say are really good. I then branched out and read The Artist of the Floating World and it was ‘ok’ I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, it was on the edge of being tedious to read and I couldn’t recommend it to others. Yet… 3 years later I still remember the book, what happened (even though nothing much happened) what the vibe and feeling was quite strongly, it’s like it was planted in my brain and has grown. Sorcery 😛

Chiyeung Lau says:

So happy to find this channel that isn’t all YA lit!

vins1979 says:

You are definitely more focussed (or even a bit biased) towards AngloAmerican literature. “Chronicles of a Death Foretold” is a minor work in García Marquez’s oeuvre and you should definitely check his major novels. Other notable Nobel laureates are: Octavio Paz (Mexican, famous poet, but I actually prefer his essays best), Günter Grass (German), José Saramago (Portuguese). Above all, the work of one of the GREATEST writers alive: Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian). Among the great Nobel laureates of the past, there are Jean-Paul Sartre (who declined the award for political reasons) and, of course, Luigi Pirandello (Italian) and Thomas Mann (German) who are two GENIUSES!!! I hope you will consider my suggestions and you will embrace a less Anglo-centric view of literature.

Bailee Walsh says:

“…finding out that some people don’t think that Steinbeck is that great, and I was like personally offended!” So relatable! And pertaining to so many more people/things than just Steinbeck!

Exequelley says:

Have you read The Buried Giant? I loved all of Ishiguro’s work with that one exception. Maybe it’s just the fantasy genre personally for me. Otherwise Ishiguro is arguably my favourite author!

ana and books says:

if you want to read short stories, you can read Nocturnes by Ishiguru.

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