Nobel

Leonard Cohen – not Bob Dylan – should have won the Nobel prize

20 November 2016 8:30

It’s rare for me to celebrate anyone’s financial misfortune, but if Leonard Cohen had not lost $5 million of his…

A Little Something: remembering Seamus Heaney

2 September 2013 16:59

‘So.’ So begins Seamus Heaney’s translation of ‘Beowulf’. I know it didn’t come easy to him. The morning after he…

Mo Yan’s malignant apology for ‘necessary’ censorship

11 December 2012 15:58

The Chinese writer Mo Yan collected the Nobel Prize for Literature last night. In his acceptance lecture, he reiterated his…

Philip Roth retires

10 November 2012 14:51

Philip Roth has retired. He told a French magazine that, at 79, he was ‘done’. There will be no more…

The Nobel Prize’s EU joke prompts questions about the nation state

12 October 2012 16:38

The award of the Nobel Prize to the European Union is a tremendous joke; and like all great jokes it…

The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize

12 October 2012 11:20

Today is not April the first; but the European Union has indeed won the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a…

The politics of the Nobel Prize for literature

11 October 2012 14:34

The Nobel committee have delivered their verdict on the literature prize: Mo Yan is new laureate. Over at the books…

Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

11 October 2012 13:44

The new Nobel laureate is Mo Yan, a Chinese writer. He is the first Chinese citizen to win the prize,…

An introduction to Javier Marías

13 September 2012 12:31

The fundamental purpose of the literary critic is to incentivise his audience to read books of which he approves. He…

Serbia’s Nobel U-turn

10 December 2010 12:46

Yesterday, I blogged that Serbia’s decision not to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonybecause of Chinese pressure was a shameful stance…

China’s new BFF: Serbia

9 December 2010 14:05

China is doing what it can do to scupper the forthcoming Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Their Foreign Ministry…

The Nobel Peace Prize Jumps the Shark

9 October 2009 11:17

I mean, really, how absurd. We are accustomed to being baffled by the Nobel committee, but the decision to award…