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Will 2017 see another controversial Nobel Literature laureate?

Published fredag 29 september 2017 kl 10.52
Literary expert: One can see the Nobel Prize as the biggest tip in the world
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Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel in literature.
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Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel in literature. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
Mattias Hermansson, chef för Sveriges Radios kulturredaktion. Foto Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio
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Mattias Hermansson, head of Sveriges Radios Culture department. Credit: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio

The Nobel season kicks-off on Monday with the Medicine Prize though many wonder who will be this year's Literature laureate. Will it be another controversial winner?

Radio Sweden asks Mattias Hermansson, head of Swedish Radio's Culture department, if he thinks the selection of controversial winners such as Bob Dylan in 2016, are healthy for the Nobels or does it take away from the worthiness of the prize?

"I definitely think that it is a good thing for the prize that it is something that people want to discuss and debate, or get angry or happy about."

Past winners have included authors Ernest Hemmingway, Alice Munro, Winston Churchill, Mo Yan, V.S. Naipaul and of course, Bob Dylan.

"My opinion about the value of the prize for the ordinary reader is that I think you could see the Nobel Prize as the biggest tip or recommendation in the world. Just look at it like, if it’s your favourite author, congrats: You have an excellent taste," Hermansson adds.

"If it is someone you have never heard of, just see as a possibility to get to know a great authorship and to walk into a world of other ways of living and thinking and being a human being."

In this year's betting, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami once again makes the shortlist along with the Kenyan author and playwright, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.  

The announcement date for the Nobel prize in Literature has yet to be announced (in keeping with tradition), but will "probably occur" during the first or second week of October.

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