Nobel Prize for Literature to name two winners after scandal-hit year

The Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded on Thursday. Twice.

Nobel Prize for Literature to name two winners after scandal-hit year
Margaret Atwood is among the names rumoured to be in contention this year

The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood, fellow Canadian Anne Carson and Russian Lyudmila Ulitskaya are among those thought to be in contention.

Two winners are set to be named - one for 2019 and one for 2018, because last year's prize was not awarded.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it to make changes to its processes after it was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal.

Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of Academy member Katarina Frostenson, was sentenced to two years in prison in October after being convicted of rape. 

Frostenson stepped down, and the events sparked a crisis in the organisation involving allegations of conflict of interest and the leaking of Nobel winners' names. It all resulted in "reduced public confidence in the Academy", according to the awards body.

"Our reputation is everything," said Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation. "Obviously, it is important to avoid this kind of situation we have been in and of course it cannot be repeated."

The Academy has also made changes to its panel, bringing in several new members since last year. The body will now also allow its members to resign, and no longer tolerate members who have been subject to conflicts of interest or criminal investigations.

How do you win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

 

As Alfred Nobel put it in his will, the prize is awarded to the author who is deemed to have written "the most outstanding work in an ideal direction".

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, has said: "The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to someone who has done outstanding work in an idealistic direction that adds the greatest benefit to humankind. Nationality is expressly unimportant."

The winner is decided by members of the Swedish Academy, but their decision-making process is kept secret for 50 years.

Academy member Anders Olsson said they looked for a more diverse shortlist this year and were moving away from a more "male-oriented" and "Eurocentric perspective of literature".

Other names thought to be in contention include Guadeloupian author Maryse Condé - who won an alternative award set up last year - plus Poland's Olga Tokarczuk and the Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.

Previous winners include Bob Dylan (2016), Alice Munro (2013), Orhan Pamuk (2006), Toni Morrison (2003) and Gabriel García Márquez (1982).

The winning writer receives nine million Swedish kronor (£740,000), as well as a medal and a diploma.

The prize was launched in 1901. There are seven years during which it has not been awarded since then, but never previously because of a scandal.

It was not given out during World War One, and was also missed during four years of World War Two. BBC

 
 

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