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Friday, October 13, 2006

Well, All Right, But Next Time It Better Be Roth

One's first reaction upon hearing that Pamuk was the literature laureate was that he'd received it very young. He is, however, 54 -- and Rudyard Kipling remains the youngest to win the prize, at 42.

(Is it only literary merit, or politics as well, asks this piece.)


  • Too right.

    Next time (or soon enough) it better bloody be Philip Roth. He's quite ridiculously better than just about all his contemporaries. And they need to give it to Transtroemer too, before good poetry permanently goes out of fashion.

    If, every few years, they manage to give it to an overwhelming talent, I'll forgive them the faffing about the rest of the time, the Dario Fos and Elfride Jelineks.

    By Anonymous Teju, at 1:31 AM  

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