We’d like to thank the Academy…

…for breaking its code of omerta and offering some sort of gossip.
First, the Academy delayed the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature by a week, sparking off rumours that its members had agreed to disagree.

(This is always a difficult decision: “Vargas Llosa?” “Na, too famous…” “Kundera?” “Na, it’ll look like we’re bowing down to the pressure exerted by a reading public incredulous that we hadn’t given it to him before.” “Okay, Rushdie?” “Na, we forgot to support him during the fatwa, remember? We’ll look like we’re apologising…” “Philip Roth?” “We-ell..great writer, but I have to say no. Never been able to eat liver since I read Portnoy’s Complaint, still hold that against him.” “I thought it was his narrator who held liver against his…” “Never mind. Don’t we have any obscure poets on the list?” “Plenty!” “Great, then we hold them in reserve. Unless someone wants to ruin our record by giving the Prize to someone who really, really deserves it?” (Raucous laughter.) “Didn’t think so.”)

Then Knut Ahlund woke up to the fact that Elfriede Jelinek had won the Nobel last year and resigned, this year, a little late off the mark, but who cares?

Then there was the whole sea of Pamuk speculation.

And as of two minutes ago, the Academy redeemed itself as far as I’m concerned. Harold Pinter is the new Nobel Literature Laureate. I’m going out to celebrate; updates later.

One comment

  1. It is a darned shame that a jackass like Harold Pinter was awarded the the Nobel Prize. A minor playright, who is only known for his hatred of the USA, he is the typical British “Sahib”, who talks a good game but actually lacks any substance. But, I tell you, if some US institution offers him a deal that comes with a purse attached, the leftist Pinter will jump at it, salivating. So much for his hatred of the “evil, capitalist” America that he hates so much. Another eason for his hatred is that he is definitely not the strong, masculine, individual like most Yanks, and rather , is a effete, limp-wristed man, who fits the stereotype of the British literary community.

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