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    Quote Originally Posted by kadare View Post
    Okay, last year we might have failed to predict the winner by keeping an eye on the Nobel Library (for obvious reasons), but let's try again this year, shall we?

    http://www.nobelbiblioteket.se/eng


    Four of Ishiguro's books are due late July/early August. I guess we don't need a thread for this year's Nobel speculations anymore; Ishiguro is the winner for sure!
    Man, I have to say, that was really something. You yould print that out and hang it onto the wall, seriously. I hope the Academy does not visit this forum, otherwise they will probably try to change things (assuming that all of this library check-out theory is worth anything... which I still don't believe)

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    Since I supposed its never too early to play at this.

    Danius is an admitted Francophile and has stated that some dead female French authors should have won.

    There are currently two Helene Cixous books checked out. One of which isn't due until near the end of December.

    Hmmmmmm

    There are 5 Anne Carson books checked out. There's also a hold placed on one that's already checked out. There's also a new 2017 book they've purchased that's being processed right now.

    3 Knausgård books out. But the ones checked out seem to random to really mean anything. Oddly there's another book that says "NOT FOR LOAN!"

    There's like 7 or 8 Javier Marias books out.
    Last edited by Isahoinp; 27-Oct-2017 at 19:36.

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    I had nothing to do so I checked some authors' catalogues, and I found better to share the data with you, even though this might at this time mean nothing :
    (number=books checked out)
    Lobo Antunes 3 or 4
    Handke 3
    Kadare 0
    Marias 6
    Krasznahorkai 2
    Peter nadas 0
    Ali Smith 1 (1 just returned)
    Kundera 0
    Olga Tokarczuk 1
    Oz 1
    Adonis 3
    Ko un 1
    Cartarescu 0
    Anne Carson 7
    Helene Cixous*1
    Claudio Magris 3
    Knausgard 3
    Fosse 2 (some titles appear as book ordered for nobelbliotek, don't know what that means)

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    I believe that means the librarians have put in the order for those books but they haven't arrived yet. Hopefully that's good news for Fosse in the coming years

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadshadz View Post
    I believe that means the librarians have put in the order for those books but they haven't arrived yet. Hopefully that's good news for Fosse in the coming years
    Though also a novelist, if they enjoy his plays, Fosse seems likely to me for 2018. A playwright hasn’t won since 2015 and so far under Danius’s tenure we haven’t had a repeat of the type of works the winner is known for

    2015: non fiction
    2016: poetry
    2017: novelist

    This obviously doesn’t mean much, but if they’re trying to even things out I don’t know many other playwrights who stand a good chance. Stoppard is British so he won’t win in 2018.

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    I think we all know my thoughts on Fosse winning

    But I have a feeling next year a woman will win. Definitely not Atwood, I can’t see it going to an English language writer again, but maybe someone like Tokarczuk. Then again, I’m usually wrong about these things.

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    Seven books by Carson is noteworthy. C'mon Carson for 2018

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    Marilynne Robinson has four books checked out till February *_* hope this means she's being considered...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartleby View Post
    Marilynne Robinson has four books checked out till February *_* hope this means she's being considered...
    Seems unlikely. She only has four novels and her nonfiction is mostly essays about spirituality. Her latest collection is a series of lectures she gave at religious institutions. To me, that doesn’t seem like something the Academy would go for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isahoinp View Post
    Seems unlikely. She only has four novels and her nonfiction is mostly essays about spirituality. Her latest collection is a series of lectures she gave at religious institutions. To me, that doesn’t seem like something the Academy would go for.
    No one believes you anymore what seems to you unlikely

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    After Dylan, nothing would surprise me, but I don't think she'll win, at least not for another few years. Too close to Dylan's win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isahoinp View Post
    To me, that doesn’t seem like something the Academy would go for.
    Doesn't mean she's not being considered. In order to decide for or against a candidate, they still must read all or most of their output, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Doesn't mean she's not being considered. In order to decide for or against a candidate, they still must read all or most of their output, correct?
    I'm not sure any if us can for sure say what the process is, but it was my understanding that at this point the actual Nobel Committee of the Academy is just looking through potential names, and that once the nominees are in they'll begin whittling them down.

    I didn't think the reading of entire oeuvres occurred until after a shortlist had been formed.

    An American novelist winning two years after an American poet and a British novelist, all writing in English, seems a bit much to me. Ishiguro himself even said they needed to branch out in his speech.

    Carson I can understand because they haven't had a poet in 7 years and a Canadian in 5.

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    Nobel candidate submission deadlines were February 1st and now the Acadmey must narrow down the approved candidates to around 20 names.

    These authors all currently have books out. Sjon has the most out at nearly 10 works.

    Last year numerous Icelandic names shot up in betting. If there was some sort of leak it’s likely that Sjon was being considered given the number of his works that are out.

    As with the last few years, Anne Carson still has multiple works out.

    If they both have works out consistently over the summer I’d say that Carson and Sjon are likely finalists.

    Ferrante
    Ko Un
    Knausgård
    Robinson
    Marias
    DeLillo
    Carson
    Auster
    Magris
    Fosse
    Tokarczuk
    Adunis
    Yan Lianke
    Can Xue
    Nooteboom
    Grossman
    Oz
    Sjon

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    Thanks for keeping track, Isa

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    ^What he said!

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    Ishiguro has 7 books checked out right now... and 4 of them have the same due date (February 14; and remember that candidate submission deadlines were February 1st)... I now it is unlikely but if it continues like this over the summer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isahoinp View Post
    Nobel candidate submission deadlines were February 1st and now the Acadmey must narrow down the approved candidates to around 20 names.

    These authors all currently have books out. Sjon has the most out at nearly 10 works.

    Last year numerous Icelandic names shot up in betting. If there was some sort of leak it’s likely that Sjon was being considered given the number of his works that are out.

    As with the last few years, Anne Carson still has multiple works out.

    If they both have works out consistently over the summer I’d say that Carson and Sjon are likely finalists.

    Ferrante
    Ko Un
    Knausgård
    Robinson
    Marias
    DeLillo
    Carson
    Auster
    Magris
    Fosse
    Tokarczuk
    Adunis
    Yan Lianke
    Can Xue
    Nooteboom
    Grossman
    Oz
    Sjon
    Recent additions to this list with multiple novels checked out

    Haruki Murakami
    Yan Lianke
    Lobo Antunes

    I’m still very skeptical on all of this given its a public library and anyone can check out books there.

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    Do you know if it is really anyone that can take out a book there? I wonder why they say on their website that the library is supposed to help the academy go through the authors' books...

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    If I remember correctly, the library is open to the public, but they can only check out items for 30 days. For Ishiguro, and I think a few others, the due dates (which the database lists) were far beyond that limit, like in June or so their books were due back at the end of August.

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