Re: Nobel Prize in Literature 2010 Speculation
I'm not saying it's rubbish (when I start counting great postwar American novels, I soon run out of fingers), but I'd also suggest that comparing literature from the United States to a single European country. It's probably more fair to compare the literature of the United States with the literature of the European Union, in which case the EU comes out more favourably, if you ask me.
Originally Posted by Liam
Come to think of it, it's actually really rather difficult to find modern American fiction in book stores on this continent. A lot of non-fiction (tens of Obama's lined up, staring at you), but hardly any fiction. Most of the fiction they sell here is untranslated (Flemish/Dutch). The rest is either original English (almost exclusively UK), or work translated to either Dutch or English, in which case it's a very diverse selection; a lot of Nobel laureates. It always strikes me how most book stores seem to have a wide stock of novels from a very limited number of novelists.
and houses, roads, avenues are as fugitive, alas, as the years. - Marcel Proust