No Nobel Prize for 2018

Friday, May 4th, 2018

The Swedish Academy, which administers the Nobel Prize, has announced that they will not award a Nobel Prize in literature in 2018.

The decision is the result of turmoil within the academy itself.  One of its members, Katarina Frostenson, is married to the French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, against whom 18 women have leveled accusations of assault.  Arnault also has other close ties to the academy, including co-owning (with Frostenson) a cultural center funded in part by the Swedish Academy.  The allegations spurred both public outrage and infighting amongst academy members.  Some argued that all ties with Arnault should be severed, including requesting that Frostenson step down.  Several academy members even resigned their positions, an unprecendented step as members are appointed by the King of Sweden to serve for life.

With tensions running high, the academy made the decision to postpone awarding one of literature's highest honors rather than risk the decision being similarly mired in controversy.  Instead, two prizes, one for 2018 and one for 2019, will be announced next year.

The delayed announcement is not without precedent, but this does mark the first such decision since World War II.  In its 117 year history, 114 writers have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.  A selection of works by past winners are listed below.

 

The Prospector Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781567923803
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Published: Verba Mundi - November 1st, 2008

Death with Interruptions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780151012749
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 1st, 2008

The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems Cover Image
By Tomas Transtromer, Robin Fulton (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811216722
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 17th, 2006

Poems New and Collected Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780156011464
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Published: Mariner Books - November 16th, 2000

Red Sorghum: A Novel of China Cover Image
By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140168549
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 1994

Independent People (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679767923
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312425845
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Published: Picador USA - April 18th, 2006

Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

The Buried Giant (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

The Remains of the Day (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307455789
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Published: Vintage - September 21st, 2010