Nobel predictions: 1. Mario Vargas Llosa, 2. Milan Kundera, 3. Adonis, 4.Ngu~gi~ wa Thiong’o, 4. Umberto Eco, 5. Haruki Murakami. I think this year they will pick a well-known widely-selling novelist in an overlooked region. Personally, I would …love to see Kundera win (or if American), Joyce Carol Oates.
I think this will start a trend of nobelists being relatively popular and widely available in English translation (in other words, household names).
I would feel really stupid if Kadare wins though (given my knowledge of him by living in Albania)…don’t know if man booker awards have any influence on Nobel decisions.
I wouldn’t mind terribly the harry potter lady winning, although if you’re going to go harry potter, you might as well pick Eco or Kundera….
i also wouldn’t mind Oates winning, if only so I could say I have met personally 3 Nobel prize winners.
it’s such a silly parlor game. And yet i love it!
(I still remember checking the cnn site every 5 minutes in the middle of the night to see if Gore won the Peace Prize. I was exultant at that).
Please note: I have predicted almost none of the Nobel prize winners correctly over the last 20 years.