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Nobel Prize In Literature: What’s Cooking?

By Aglaia Staff

After three days of science awards the Nobel spotlight turns to the art of writing Thursday when the Swedish Academy will announce the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.

Will it be a woman for the first time since 2009? Or the first American in two decades? The secretive academy drops no hints but that doesn’t stop literature buffs and other Nobel watchers from guessing. Here are some of the themes and potential candidates being mentioned in this year’s speculation.

WOMEN Although the number of female laureates has risen sharply in the past 10 years, only 12 women have won the coveted award since its inception in 1901. The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Peter Englund, has acknowledged that it’s an “embarrassingly small” number. If the academy picks a woman this year, Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich or Canada’s Margaret Atwood could be hot contenders, according to literature critics. Egyptian author Nawal el Saadawi, Canadian short story writer Alice Munro and Algeria’s Assia Djebar are other perennial favorites.

German writer Herta Mueller was the last woman to win the Nobel literature award, in 2009. Prominent female authors that the Swedish Academy never awarded include Virginia Woolf and Karen Blixen. AMERICANS The last American to win a Nobel Prize in literature was Toni Morrison in 1993. The previous permanent secretary of the academy, Horace Engdahl, sparked outrage in US literary circles in 2008 when he told The Associated Press that American writers were too “insular” and “too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture.”

Engdahl’s successor, Englund, has not been so dismissive – conceding that it is a problem that academy members are biased toward European literature. The academy has a tendency to pick authors who aren’t widely known, which works against many popular US writers. But if the academy were to look across the Atlantic, potential US winners could include Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth or Joyce Carol Oates. BETTORS’ FAVORITES In recent years the academy has stepped up efforts to prevent leaks before the announcement.

Nevertheless, every other year or so the winner is among those getting the most attention by those who bet money on the prize. When French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio won in 2008, his odds had plunged in the final hours before the announcement, triggering suspicions of a leak. Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer and China’s Mo Yan, the winners in 2011 and 2012, were also among the top candidates on betting sites.

On Wednesday, Japanese author Haruki Murakami was the favorite to win at betting firm Ladbrokes, followed by Munro, Alexievich and Oates. Other writers whose odds have dropped significantly in the past days are Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse and Kenyan Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

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Individualism And Perseverance Key Success Indicators

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By Sunil Kumar

Striving for recognition is intrinsic in any human endeavor. Nobel Prize Winners exemplify achievements in diverse fields such as sciences, humanities and the arts. In an exclusive chat with Aglaia.co.in; Ei-ichi Negishi; the 2010 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry outlined individualism, perseverance, optimism and dreaming big as some criteria for success.

Born in Hsingking, Manchukuo; now in China; Mr. Ei-ichi Negishi was educated at the University of Tokyo and Pennsylvania. Best known for the Negishi coupling; Ei-ichi Negishi’s lecture was an informative description of his many decades of work on organic synthesis. He summed up his presentation briefly mentioning d-block transition elements as core drivers in continual global economic growth.

India and its leaders suffer from chronic anxiety,” noted Negishi. According to him; dedication, focus and aiming to be the best in any field could be key takeaways for the nation’s youth. He praised the country’s intellectual prowess; but repeatedly emphasized on mentoring, tenacity, serendipity and a need to discover something new as the hallmarks of an ardent researcher.

The Techfest; India’s largest science fest at the IIT, Bombay saw a footfall of around 92,000 this year. With around 50 exhibits from 20 different countries; the event also showcased innovative products such as MIT Media Lab’s Netra, Advertron; India’s newest advertising and marketing robot and the SOINN based HIRO robot from Hasegawa Labs, Tokyo that adapts to situations based on Artifical Intelligence.

 

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