Nobel Prize in Literature to Announce Today

Kathmandu, October 5

After declaring the nobel prize winners in the field of medicine and physics, Swedish Academy is announcing the winner of Nobel Prize 2023  in literature on Thursday at 13: 00 CEST ( Central European Summer Time).

According to bookies, Can Xue, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwook and Salman Rushdie are among the most likely authors to win this year’s Nobel Prize in literature.

Chinese avant garde author Xue, 70, is leading the pack with Ladbrokes giving 8/1 odds of her winning the prestigious literary award. Xue  was previously longlisted for the international Booker prize for her novel Love in the New Millennium, translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen, and her short story collection I Live in the Slums, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping.

Following Xue at 12/1 odds is Japanese writer Murakami, 74, whose novels include Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84. He has long been floated as a possible winner, and in 2013 he was the bookies’ favourite with 3-1 odds, though Alice Munro ended up winning.

After Murakami at 14/1 is Gerald Murnane, 84, the Australian author of novels including The Plains and Inland. His work is often self-referential.

Also given 14/1 odds is 69-year-old László Krasznahorkai, a Hungarian novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Sátántangó and The Melancholy of Resistance, and he won the international Booker prize in 2015.

A total of 115 people have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature since 1901. If Xue wins, she will be the 18th woman to win the prize and the second Chinese resident, after Mo Yan was honoured in 2012. Chinese-born Gao Xingjian won the prize in 2000, but he is a French citizen.