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    Award Neustadt International Prize for Literature

    I don't know how I managed to miss this - probably because there's hardly been a blip of publicity - but the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the 'American Nobel', was announced back in October for 2010. It's a bit early, I think, for a prize that doesn't get received until October next year, but that seems to be its way.

    Anyway, the winner was Chinese poet 多多, or Duo Duo to his non-Chinese friends. Here's the press release form the time of the announcement:
    An international jury representing nine countries selected critically acclaimed Chinese poet Duo Duo (多多) as the 2010 laureate of the $50,000 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and its international magazine, World Literature Today. The decision was made during deliberations on Oct. 22 on the OU Norman campus.

    Duo Duo (Li Shizheng) was born in Beijing in 1951. He started writing poetry in the early 1970s as a youth during the isolated, midnight hours of the Cultural Revolution, and many of his early poems critiqued the Cultural Revolution from an insider’s point of view in a highly sophisticated, original style. Often considered part of the “Misty” school of contemporary Chinese poetry, he nevertheless kept a cautious distance from any literary trends or labeling. After witnessing the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Duo Duo left China and did not return for more than a decade. Upon his return to China in 2004, the literary community received him with honor and praise. Duo Duo currently resides on Hainan Island and teaches at Hainan University in China.

    Chinese poet Mai Mang (Yibing Huang), who currently teaches Chinese literature at Connecticut College, served on the Neustadt Prize jury and nominated Duo Duo for the award. He notes that “Duo Duo is a great lone traveler crossing borders of nation, language and history, as well as a resolute seer of some of the most basic, universal human values that have often been shadowed in our troubled modern time: creativity, nature, love, dreams and wishful thinking.” Robert Con Davis‐Undiano, WLT’s executive director, adds that “Duo Duo is foremost among a group of first‐rate Chinese poets who deserve serious attention and recognition in the West.”

    The Neustadt Prize, awarded every two years, is the only international literary award from the United States for which poets, playwrights and novelists are given equal consideration. It is widely considered to be the most prestigious international prize after the Nobel Prize in Literature and, in fact, is often referred to as the “American Nobel” because of its record of 27 laureates, candidates or jurors who in the past 39 years have been awarded Nobel Prizes following their involvement with the Neustadt Prize. Duo Duo is the 21st Neustadt laureate and the first Chinese author to win the prize. Duo Duo will visit OU in fall 2010 to accept the award.
    For info, that international jury in full:
    Sefi Atta
    Horacio Castellano Moya
    Aleksandar Hemon
    Etgar Keret
    Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
    Mai Mang
    Claire Messud
    Pireeni Sundaralingam
    Niloufar Talebi
    And the others under consideration were:
    Ha Jin
    Ricardo Piglia
    Michael Ondaatje
    Haruki Murakami
    Margaret Atwood
    A.B. Yehoshua
    Athol Fugard
    Shahriar Mandanipour

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    Very interesting. Thanks a lot Stewart for letting us know more about this prize I had heard about, but I had no idea about its importance.

    The jury credentials are impressive. I have no idea of who the winner is, but if it was selected by such good authors as Aleksandar Hemon, Horacio Castellanos Moya and Etgar Keret it makes me want to read it even more.

    The list of other writers considered is also riddled with excellent writers.

    Here you can see the list of previous winners with such big names like Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, Octavio Paz and Czeslaw Milosz.

    Neustadt International Prize for Literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Mia Couto wins 2014 Neustadt International Prize


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    Default Re: Mia Couto wins 2014 Neustadt International Prize

    Clearly the frontrunner for major prizes among Portuguese language writers now. No chance for Gonçalo M. Tavares to overtake Mia Couto anytime soon - even for the prizes that don't steer clear of authors of metaliterary stuff.

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    Award Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2016

    Dubravka Ugrešić was recently announced as winner for this year. Here is the press release:

    http://neustadtprize.org/dubravka-ug.../#.Vi64n36rSUk

    I've only read The Ministry of Pain, and I thought it was good, but nothing more than that. Didn't move me to look for more of her works. Does she has something that can be caller her masterpiece?

    However, among the female oriented shortlist (http://neustadtprize.org/finalists-f.../#.Vi64636rSUk) she mas the more viable winner due to international presence. Guadalupe Nettel is a very good writer, but she is young her body if works is quite short yet.

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    Here's the finalists lists for the Neustadt Prize since its creation in 1970 to this years award. It is interesting to see competitions of the early years as there are amazing ones.
    Take for example 1986 where among the finalists were Wole Soyinka, Francisco Ayala, Primo Levi, Kenzaburo Oe, Jorge Luis Borges, Günter Grass, Yves Bonnefoy and Eugene Ionesco. Hard to believe Max Frisch won the prize that year.
    Anyway, here you go. Enjoy:

    http://www.neustadtprize.org/the-neu...adt-finalists/

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    That´s interesting, thank you.

    Carlos Drummond de Andrade was finalist two times...

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    Bob Dylan was at least once.

    It is, generally speaking, a pretty fantastic list. Nice to see so many different names considered each year too. A few that I'm a little baffled by, but some which I have every intention of exploring.

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    I enjoy the Neustadt a lot but is anyone else a little put off by the "Nobel Convergences" section under the guide to the Neustadt? The Nobel's far from the end all be all and as far as I can tell all of their picks are great on their own, they don't need another prize to confirm the quality of their work.

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    Default Re: Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by OverTheMountains View Post
    Bob Dylan was at least once.
    Yes, look at that...

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    Default Re: Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by redheadshadz View Post
    I enjoy the Neustadt a lot but is anyone else a little put off by the "Nobel Convergences" section under the guide to the Neustadt? The Nobel's far from the end all be all and as far as I can tell all of their picks are great on their own, they don't need another prize to confirm the quality of their work.
    redheadshadz, I'm curious about your new avatar. Is it a picture of Jon Fosse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie B View Post
    redheadshadz, I'm curious about your new avatar. Is it a picture of Jon Fosse?
    Yes it is. Never knew who was the old one.

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    Yup, it's Jon Fosse. Old one was Gene Wolfe.

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    One of the issues I take with this prize is that it has a rotating Jury. Every two years the prize winner is chosen and awarded by a completely different group of people than the preceding award. It just seems like you wouldn't really be able to maintain a level of consistency with the selections as different juries may have completely different values. (that's not to say that they've chosen bad winners). The nomination process itself appears to just be every juror submits their favorite author for consideration. It also looks like they only discuss the winner for about 2-3 days before picking one. That seems rather short. So do these jurors just show up at a conference room and then give some presentation like "XXXX is my favorite author, here's why they should win."

    Also, will anyone really ever think of this prize as anything except an American copy of the Nobel? For all intents and purposes the Nobel was the first major international literary award of its kind and remains the most prestigious and lauded. This just essentially seems like a copy of it with far looser nominating and awarding procedures. Given their websites numerous references to the Nobel they themselves essentially seem to be saying they're a mock Nobel.

    Aside from the winner they chose, the only other realistic nominee this year seems like Can Xue. Not that they're bad authors, but considering English is my native language and I've never heard of any of these English language Finalists they really don't seem to have much of an international presence. (that or I've been forgoing reading many English language authors in favor of works in translation).

    Another issue I have is that given it's location in Oklahoma and the nationalities of most of the jurors, there's a ridiculous amount of English language finalists in most of the recent years. In nearly every award year I've looked at there are more English language finalists than any other language. In many recent years half the finalists write in English (7/10 finalists in 1998 wrote in English).

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    Aren't they late this year with the neustadt announcement? Usually they do it in june or july. Haven't even announced the jury yet.

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    Oh, wow. What a coincidence. Just checked. They announced the Jury today. I know only one of them. Zia Haider Rehman.

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    Neustadt prize is biennial. They jury selected and recently announced is for the 2018 edition.

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    From what I got off their website, the process is basically each Jury member picks their favorite author and selects one book as proof of their worthiness, then they meet for one weekend and each Jury member pitches why their candidate is the best.

    It doesn't seem like a thorough process at all.

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    Here are the 9 finalists for the 2018 edition:


    • Emmanuel Carrère: France
    • Edwidge Danticat: Haiti and US
    • Amitav Ghosh: India
    • Aracelis Girmay: US
    • Mohsin Hamid: Pakistan
    • Jamaica Kincaid: Antigua and US
    • Yusef Komunyakaa: US
    • Patricia Smith: US
    • Ludmila Ulitskaya: Russia


    https://www.neustadtprize.org/finalists-2018-neustadt-international-prize-literature/

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    Ulitskaya will win.

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