2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

It's coming near to October which means the announcement of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature is only just around the corner. As is also usual, speculation has begun across the literary and bookmaking world as to the likely names to be announced in Stockholm early next month.

The UK bookmakers, Ladbrokes, is generally across all this and has again released its odds for the 2009 prize. It's choices are:

  • Amos Oz 4/1
  • Assia Djebar 5/1
  • Luis Goytisolo 6/1
  • Joyce Carol Oates 7/1
  • Philip Roth 7/1
  • Adonis 8/1
  • Antonio Tabucchi 9/1
  • Claudio Magris 9/1
  • Haruki Murakami 9/1
  • Thomas Pynchon 9/1
  • Thomas Transtromer 12/1
  • ArnoŇ°t Lustig 16/1
  • Atiq Rahimi 16/1
  • Don DeLillo 16/1
  • Ko Un 16/1
  • Les Murray 16/1
  • Mario Vargas Llosa 16/1
  • Yves Bonnefoy 16/1
  • Cees Nooteboom 20/1
  • Peter Handke 20/1

Other than Murray, Peter Carey is at 66/1 and Malouf at 100/1. In 2008 Les Murray was given odds of 10/1, and in 2007 his odds were 6/1. By comparison Peter Carey was at 40/1 in 2008, and 25/1 in 2007. Looks like they are all slipping. Not sure why.

Apart from Ladbrokes, the best site to check out is the complete review, who actually know who all these people are.

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