Who will win this year the Nobel prize in literature?

It is difficult to deny that Nobel prize can be identified with being ranked as #1.  Two days before the winner will be announced journalists are writing nice articles about the chances.  Chances – odds using the terminology  of betting – reflects  the “wisdom of crowd”, well, if you believe a gambler is wise… Historically Ladbrokes is known as a main betting firm founded in 1886.  Articles published today   in New Republic and  in The Guardian are based on the list of Ladbrokes.  The odds of the first three are:

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o 4/1
Haruki Murakami 5/1
Margaret Atwood 6/1.
Well, this are the so-called objective numbers…  Let’s wait two more days.


3 thoughts on “Who will win this year the Nobel prize in literature?”

  1. The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

    With names including Margaret Atwood, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami leading the odds at the bookmakers, Ishiguro was a surprise choice.


  2. Japanese popular novelist Haruki Murakami is a good friend of the Nobel prize winner of this year in literature, Kazuo Ishiguro, who is a Japanese British. I wonder why Haruki Murakami is always being nominated in the odds at the bookmakers. Someone cast in a website why Haruki Murakami has not been awarded. Simply because both novelists have tried to express a similar sentiment: chaotic and complex emotion embedded into mind, but Haruki Murakami is not successful to extract deep conceptual elements. This may indicate a typical gap between ranking and evaluation.


  3. Dear Ichiro; Thank you for your comment. It was great to see that you write about “chaotic and complex emotion embedded into mind”. It is very close to your own scientific agenda. maybe not so much emotion, but thoughts. Do you see the possibility to have dialogue between you and Kazuo Ishiguro/Haruki Murakami ? Could you successfully explain them with non-technical terms what you are doing?


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