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lagatta
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posted 13 October 2005 11:12 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Harold Pinter takes Nobel Prize for Literature
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Nanuq
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posted 13 October 2005 11:17 AM      Profile for Nanuq   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Someone I actually heard of is getting the Nobel Prize for Literature? Must be a fluke.
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skdadl
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posted 13 October 2005 11:23 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow! Well, on the one hand, that was long overdue. I hadn't even been thinking of Pinter, but he is a great modernist/classicist, one of the last, and he will deliver a blisteringly good political speech at the awards -- I'm sure of it. So congratulations, Harold.

On the other, I was, of course, hoping that the Academy would force the issue by recognizing Orhan Pamuk, and that is not just a political statement -- he is a great writer, and he will get his Nobel one day.

But we gotta keep the good pressure up on Turkey. That man is facing a criminal trial for blasphemy very soon -- his allies within Turkey need all the allies they can get.

Of the other nominees there that I have read, I would say that only Kundera approaches Pinter's stature so far. Of course awards are arbitrary and in a way silly if you think of literature, the arts generally, as the living stream, and I do. And yet sometimes some writers really stop us all in our tracks, change the world, change how everyone thinks of writing, and I believe that Pinter did that.


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ronb
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posted 13 October 2005 12:05 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Also can be seen as an obvious poke in the eye to Blair/Bush - Pinter having recently announced his retirement from literature to focus on campaigning against the Iraq war.

I hope Wallace Shawn gets a Nobel someday .


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gopi
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posted 13 October 2005 12:44 PM      Profile for gopi     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
only Kundera approaches Pinter's stature so far

Kundera and Mario Vargas Llosa always seem to be on the verge of winning - they are often mentioned in the same breath as Grass, Naipaul and Pinter (though arguably not as brilliant as Saramago or Mahfouz).

Personally, I'd like to see the committee take a risk and give the award to Can Xue.


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skdadl
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posted 13 October 2005 12:47 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Omigosh. I've been posting to two threads at once. What do we do about this?
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