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    Award Nobel Prize in Literature 1967

    In 1967 the Nobel Prize was awarded to Miguel Ángel Asturias.

    Like they do at the beginning of every year the Swedish Academy has now made the list of those nominated 50 years ago available, in 1967 they were 72 individuals (one less than in 1966).

    http://www.svenskaakademien.se/akade...elarkivet-1967

    And likewise Kaj Schueler at Svenska Dagbladet has been reading the reports:

    https://www.svd.se/hemliga-dokument-...v/kaj-schueler

    The Nobel website usually takes some time to get it all into their system so I’m not sure of the official shortlist, but from Schueler’s article it seems as there was a split in the Nobel Committee with Chairman of the Committee Anders Österling suggesting:

    1. Graham Greene
    2. Yasunari Kawabata (would become the winner in 1968)
    3. W. H. Auden


    Eyvind Johnson, Henry Olsson and Erik Lindegren opposed this and suggested a list which Karl Ragnar Gierow also voted for:

    1. Miguel Ángel Asturias (winner)/Jorge Luis Borges
    2. W. H. Auden
    3. Yasunari Kawabata (would become the winner in 1968)


    Somewhere along the discussions the SA dropped the idea of sharing the prize between two writers as they had done in 1966 and Miguel Ángel Asturias became the 1967 Nobel laureate.

    Some other facts:

    Nominees who would win later:

    • Yasunari Kawabata (1968 winner)
    • Samuel Beckett (1969 winner)
    • Pablo Neruda (1971 winner)
    • Eugenio Montale (1975 winner)
    • Saul Bellow (1976 winner)
    • Claude Simon (1985 winner)


    Most nominations:

    • José María Pemán (8)
    • Samuel Beckett (6) (winner in 1969)
    • Jorge Amado (5)
    • André Malraux (5)
    • Tarjei Vesaas (4)
    • Simon Vestdijk (4)
    • Judith Wright (4)


    First-time nominees:

    • Jorge Amado
    • Carlos Drummond de Andrade
    • Saul Bellow (winner in 1976)
    • Emil Boyson
    • Arturo Capdevila
    • Ivan Drach
    • Rabbe Enckell
    • Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    • Jean Genet
    • Lawrence Sargent Hall
    • Friedrich Georg Jünger
    • Basij Khalkhali
    • Lina Kostenko
    • György Lukács
    • Germán Pardo García
    • André Pézard
    • Claude Simon (winner in 1985)
    • Pavlo Tychyna


    Nominations from members of the SA:

    • Carlos Drummond de Andrade (by Gunnar Ekelöf)
    • Miguel Ángel Asturias (by Henry Olsson) (winner)
    • Jorge Luis Borges (by Henry Olsson)
    • Alejo Carpentier (by Lars Gyllensten)
    • Rómulo Gallegos (by Lars Gyllensten)
    • Jean Genet (by Karl Ragnar Gierow)
    • Witold Gombrowicz (by Henry Olsson)
    • Graham Greene (by Karl Ragnar Gierow)
    • Eugčne Ionesco (by Karl Ragnar Gierow)
    • György Lukács (by Erik Lindegren)
    • Yukio Mishima (by Harry Martinson)
    • Konstantin Paustovsky (by Eyvind Johnson)
    • Claude Simon (by Erik Lindegren) (winner in 1985)
    • Arnulf Řverland (by Eyvind Johnson)


    Nominated women (a raise from 3 in 1966):

    • Marie Luise Kaschnitz
    • Lina Kostenko
    • Katherine Anne Porter
    • Anna Seghers
    • Judith Wright


    Nominations from former winners:

    • Samuel Beckett (winner in 1969) (nominated by 1965 winner Nelly Sachs)


    Oldest and youngest nominees:

    • Ramón Menéndez Pidal (born 1869, 98 years)
    • Ivan Drach (born 1936, 31 years)


    Still alive (and hence possibly in the running…):

    • Hans Magnus Enzensberger (born 1929)
    • Lina Kostenko (born 1930)
    • Ivan Drach (born 1936)
    Last edited by Marba; 03-Jan-2018 at 20:06. Reason: switched out a link that was wrong

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    Interesting! Nice to see that our Drummond was first nominated so early, sad he never got it, though...

    And I'd love to know why Borges wasn't awarded the prize that year...

    And I was kinda surprised to see Hans Magnus Enzensberger being nominated so early, he's that old!

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    Wonder how they went from those shortlists to just Asturias winning?

    Also, cool to see Simon nominated almost 20 years before his win, although I believe at that point in time, with exception to The Georgics, the majority of his most acclaimed pre-Nobel work was out.

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    I'll apparently be going to Guatemala this spring so I'm going to try to read his works. Sadly, aside from El Seńor Presidente they're all out of print in English (although Ebook/PDF downloads of all of them are findable online, which I'll be reading).

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    Unless the source is wrong, Jorge Amado was nominated at least once before (in 1961): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/aug/07/news

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladril View Post
    Unless the source is wrong, Jorge Amado was nominated at least once before (in 1961): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/aug/07/news
    The source is wrong.

    https://www.nobelprize.org/nomination/archive/list.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marba View Post



    Nominations from members of the SA:
    • Miguel Ángel Asturias (by Henry Olsson) (winner)
    • Jorge Luis Borges (by Henry Olsson)
    • Alejo Carpentier (by Lars Gyllensten)
    • Rómulo Gallegos (by Lars Gyllensten)


    If the Academy was going to give the prize to a Latin American writer and if they were going to snub Borges again, at least they should've given the prize to Alejo Carpentier, who influenced all the Boom writers and many generations afterwards, and not Asturias.

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