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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel del Real View Post
    Very few to obtain the Nobel Prize
    I hope she won't go down in history as the least deserving of writers because of that,

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    I hedged my bets several days ago and ordered two hardcover novels by El Saadawi ($2.00 apiece) and a first British edition copy of Voices from Chernobyl ($10.00). It will be nice to see the value of the latter go up, but if I enjoy the book, I'll never sell it. A year ago, after Modiano won, first editions of Night Rounds were selling for over $500. Colleagues at work thought I was crazy for not listing my copy for sale. It's strange. On one hand, I would never spend $500 on a book, but on the other, I won't sell a book and make $500.

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    Surprised she won with that few books. Not that she isn't a great winner, but I think the last writer to have published a single digits amount of books before winning was Toni Morrison over 20 years ago.

    Edit: and ugh, already complaints about it being a political award popping up. Yes, Alexievich is a very political writer, but no, I don't think she was selected just to give Putin the finger...

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    Interesting bit of trivia: the German band Samsas Traum dedicated their 2011 album to Alexievich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel del Real View Post
    Very few to obtain the Nobel Prize
    Morrison won for fewer than that: six books at the time of the award.

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    I just read that Alexievich acquired an auto immune deficiency disease after researching Voices from Chernobyl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadshadz View Post
    Edit: and ugh, already complaints about it being a political award popping up. Yes, Alexievich is a very political writer, but no, I don't think she was selected just to give Putin the finger...
    Besides, Putin was so last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadshadz View Post
    Yes, Alexievich is a very political writer, but no, I don't think she was selected just to give Putin the finger...
    On the other hand, wasn't Obama's Nobel Peace Prize a way for the Nobel committee to flip off George W. Bush?

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    None of her books are available in my language so I'll have to wait for a few months until I can finally read something by her.
    Last edited by kadare; 08-Oct-2015 at 14:14.

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    Is this for the first time a 'non-fiction' writer being awarded ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpjayan View Post
    Is this for the first time a 'non-fiction' writer being awarded ?
    No, but probably the first one since Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpjayan View Post
    Is this for the first time a 'non-fiction' writer being awarded ?
    At one point, it seemed that Kapuscinski was destined to be the first journalist to receive the award.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie B View Post
    On the other hand, wasn't Obama's Nobel Peace Prize a way for the Nobel committee to flip off George W. Bush?
    Yeah, it was, Obama was a bad laureate. Not the worst winner of the peace prize (that would be Kissinger) but still down there.

    And @Daniel del Real, would Canetti count? He published one novel, some stories, and a few plays, but he was far more known in his lifetime for his various nonfictions, and I think ultimately published a lot more of it than fiction. Also, don't forget about Mommsen, the second winner and also a huge historian of Rome.

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    Farewell to literature, welcome to reportage ... I imagine the hesitant smiles of Frost, Joyce, Kafka, Borges, Nabokov, Gombrowicz et al. in the afterlife at such nordic news ... Far too political a choice for my narrow mind ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimdandy View Post
    Farewell to literature, welcome to reportage ... I imagine the hesitant smiles of Frost, Joyce, Kafka, Borges, Nabokov, Gombrowicz et al. in the afterlife at such nordic news ... Far too political a choice for my narrow mind ...
    From what I understand, literature encompasses writing in both prose and verse, so fiction and nonfiction as well as poetry and plays. It can even be argued that nonfiction writing is all too often overlooked in these kinds of awards. If reportage, history, or philosophy transcends its formal parameters, then that certainly is deserving of a Nobel for fine literature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimdandy View Post
    Farewell to literature, welcome to reportage ... I imagine the hesitant smiles of Frost, Joyce, Kafka, Borges, Nabokov, Gombrowicz et al. in the afterlife at such nordic news ... Far too political a choice for my narrow mind ...
    Why do you think it has to be political if it is not to your taste? You don't like it? Fine. But it doesn't mean that the Nobel committee doesn't see any literary value in her work. Don't be so sure it has to do with politics.

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    There are no translations of her in Portuguese. I looked up for her books in English on a second-handed books website, but I couldn't find any. The editions available in Amazon are too expensive to me, so I'll probably have to wait for the Portuguese translations.

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    From the UK translation of Second-Hand Time, out next year from Fitzcarraldo Editions:

    Alexievich’s method is simple: ‘I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music,dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths… History is only interested in facts; emotions are excluded from its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit them into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…’

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucasdiniz View Post
    There are no translations of her in Portuguese.
    There is one in Português de Portugal.

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    I guess I won't be able to buy it since there might be no copies of it in Brazil. I got no international credit card, so I can't buy nothing through the internet, being Amazon the only exception.

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