Nobel Prize for Literature Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Prize to go traditionalist again

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This year’s award of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be handed out in October. No-one knows quite when, because it’s just one of those up in their air things that is never locked into a specific date. The award was of course created by Alfred Nobel and it has been dished out to a writer for the “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Last year there was a real dark horse of a winner as Bob Dylan got the prize with some still left scratching their heads as to whether or not he even qualified for the literature prize. He became the first songwriter to win a Nobel Prize and was acknowledge “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” and for being “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition.”

Now the Nobel Prize for Literature Betting 2017 at Unibet is heating up with the awards on the horizon. Dylan’s win will have shaken things up a bit because he beat out the favourite Haruki Murakami who seems to be an ever-present on the shortlist for the award. But have the committee taken the award in a new direction with handing it over to Dylan? That remains to be seen, but heading up the market for this year’s award are more traditional novelists with the prolific Murakami going as 5/2 favourite with Unibet. It is reasonable to assume that after the division that Dylan’s win caused in the community last season, that the committee will switch back to picking a more conservative and traditionalist victor.

Haruki Murakami

The Japanese wordsmith is back again. He was looking a sure thing last year but got beaten out. His work is just simply prolific with his work having been translated into over 50 languages. But can he get that elusive title of a Nobel award? Remember this is about life time work and not who has churned out stuff over the last year or any specific like that. It’s rewarding a whole body of idealistic work. Murakami first published a book in 1979 and has 13 novels since then, some prominent non-fiction work, short story collections and more. He keeps getting nominated for a reason.

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

The Kenyan is trading strongly for a win this season and has leaned heavily on strong political and cultural influences of the colonialism of East Africa by Britain. Back in 1964 he broke new ground by having Weep Not, Child published and it was groundbreaking as it was the first ever English-language novel that had been published by an East African author. Three years after that release he renounced Christianity and started publishing in a native language to promote cultural roots. He has a wide gamut of publications as well, with everything from children’s books, to essays and even plays.

Margaret Atwood

Atwood, perhaps one of the most recognizable names on the list, especially with her novel The Handmaid’s Tale being turned into Hulu series. She has had 15 novels published during her career and is widely popular because of her leaning towards very subtle sci-fi. She often produces very strong bodies of work that highlight cultural differences and problems in the real world through surrealism. She is a strong environmental activist as well and would be a pretty popular winner and is handily priced at 13/2 with Unibet.

Amos Oz

Israeli novelist Oz has a 14 book catalogue behind him as a powerful body of work. He is an advocate for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine situation and was one of the first Israeli to publicly come out for it. He has also produced strong essays on political issues throughout his career such as in In the Land of Israel and has three short story collections published as well.

Claudio Magris

Italian Magris has had his name mentioned here and there in relation to winning the Nobel Literature prize. He is a former Italian senator and is a member of several European academies. He is strongly credited with promoting Central European culture within Italy. Out of Spain is Javier Marias who is just about as prolific of a novelist as it gets. He is one of the most celebrated novelists in Spain and has been translated into 42 languages.

Nobel Prize for Literature Betting 2017 Winner Odds

Haruki Murakami 5/2, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o 9/2, Amos Oz 13/2, Margaret Atwood 13/2, Adunis 12/1, Yan Lianke 12/1, Claudio Magris 14/1, Javier Marias 17/1, Jon Fosse 17/1


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