The OF Blog: Nobel Prize in Literature winners

Monday, January 09, 2012

Nobel Prize in Literature winners

Posting the list of Nobel Prize in Literature recipients as part of a years-long project to note which authors I've read or have works to read.  Currently, I've read or own works by almost 50 of the 108 recipients during the 104 years the prize has been awarded (there were no winners a few years, mostly during the two World Wars).  Bold means I've read the author, italics that I have at least one of their works but have not read anything, and plain text means I have not read anything yet in any language by that author.

2014  Patrick Modiano
2013  Alice Munro
2012  Mo Yan
2011  Tomas Tranströmer
2010  Mario Vargas Llosa
2009  Herta Müller
2008  Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
2007  Doris Lessing
2006  Orhan Pamuk
2005  Harold Pinter
2004  Elfriede Jelinek
2003  John M. Coetzee
2002  Imre Kertész
2001  Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
2000  Gao Xingjian
1999  Günter Grass
1998  José Saramago
1997  Dario Fo
1996  Wislawa Szymborska
1995  Seamus Heaney
1994  Kenzaburo Oe
1993  Toni Morrison
1992  Derek Walcott
1991  Nadine Gordimer
1990  Octavio Paz
1989  Camilo José Cela
1988  Naguib Mahfouz
1987  Joseph Brodsky
1986  Wole Soyinka
1985  Claude Simon
1984  Jaroslav Seifert
1983  William Golding
1982  Gabriel García Márquez
1981  Elias Canetti
1980  Czeslaw Milosz
1979  Odysseus Elytis
1978  Isaac Bashevis Singer
1977  Vicente Aleixandre
1976  Saul Bellow
1975  Eugenio Montale
1974  Eyvind Johnson, Harry Martinson
1973  Patrick White
1972  Heinrich Böll
1971  Pablo Neruda
1970  Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
1969  Samuel Beckett
1968  Yasunari Kawabata
1967  Miguel Angel Asturias
1966  Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Nelly Sachs
1965  Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
1964  Jean-Paul Sartre
1963  Giorgos Seferis
1962  John Steinbeck
1961  Ivo Andrić
1960  Saint-John Perse
1959  Salvatore Quasimodo
1958  Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
1957  Albert Camus
1956  Juan Ramón Jiménez
1955  Halldór Kiljan Laxness
1954  Ernest Miller Hemingway
1953  Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
1952  François Mauriac
1951  Pär Fabian Lagerkvist
1950  Earl (Bertrand Arthur William) Russell
1949  William Faulkner
1948  Thomas Stearns Eliot
1947  André Paul Guillaume Gide
1946  Hermann Hesse
1945  Gabriela Mistral
1944  Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1943  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1942  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1941  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1940  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1939  Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1938  Pearl Buck
1937  Roger Martin du Gard
1936  Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
1935  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1934  Luigi Pirandello
1933  Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
1932  John Galsworthy
1931  Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1930  Sinclair Lewis
1929  Thomas Mann
1928  Sigrid Undset
1927  Henri Bergson
1926  Grazia Deledda
1925  George Bernard Shaw
1924  Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
1923  William Butler Yeats
1922  Jacinto Benavente
1921  Anatole France
1920  Knut Pedersen Hamsun
1919  Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler
1918  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1917  Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Henrik Pontoppidan
1916  Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam
1915  Romain Rolland
1914  No Nobel Prize was awarded this year. The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1913  Rabindranath Tagore
1912  Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann
1911  Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck
1910  Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse
1909  Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf
1908  Rudolf Christoph Eucken
1907  Rudyard Kipling
1906  Giosuè Carducci
1905  Henryk Sienkiewicz
1904  Frédéric Mistral, José Echegaray y Eizaguirre
1903  Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson
1902  Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen
1901  Sully Prudhomme 

Always more to read.  Which ones have you read and what did you think of their works?

Edit:  Found several of these for free or a nominal fee as e-books, many of which are available through Project Gutenberg (the pre-1923 works, or the ones that have been converted to e-book format by that non-profit group).  Plenty of reading in the weeks and months to come.


Liviu said...

2010 Mario Vargas Llosa
2009 Herta Müller
2008 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
2007 Doris Lessing
2006 Orhan Pamuk
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
1999 Günter Grass
1998 José Saramago
1988 Naguib Mahfouz
1987 Joseph Brodsky
1985 Claude Simon
1983 William Golding
1982 Gabriel García Márquez
1981 Elias Canetti
1980 Czeslaw Milosz
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer
1976 Saul Bellow
1972 Heinrich Böll
1970 Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
1968 Yasunari Kawabata
1965 Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre
1962 John Steinbeck
1961 Ivo Andric
1958 Boris Leonidovich Pasternak
1957 Albert Camus
1954 Ernest Miller Hemingway
1952 François Mauriac
1951 Pär Fabian Lagerkvist
1949 William Faulkner
1947 André Paul Guillaume Gide
1946 Hermann Hesse
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1932 John Galsworthy
1930 Sinclair Lewis
1929 Thomas Mann
1928 Sigrid Undset
1921 Anatole France
1920 Knut Pedersen Hamsun
1915 Romain Rolland
1907 Rudyard Kipling
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz

Above are the writers i read and remember clearly - there may be a few like Shaw that I may have read but I am not sure unless I check their works

Anyway my huge personal favorite from the list is Yasunari Kawabata whose novels and stories are just timeless masterpieces; I still have one or two of his books I did not read though i own everything translated in Romanian or English - and quite a few I read in both languages - but I always return to his works when in the mood for lyrical stuff

I also love Dr. Zhivago (read it quite a few times and watch almost all adaptations, Russian and English lang).

Mann, Camus, Mauriac, Galsworthy and Martin du Gard are also big favorites, then Gide, Sienkiewicz, Bellow, Canetti, Singer, Kipling, Lagerkvist...

On the non-fiction front the three anticommunist heroes are huge favorites (Solzhenitsyn, Brodsky and Milosz - did not really read that much poetry from the last two but read and loved their essays)

used to like Marquez more but his Castro apologia turned me off big time as i visited Havana in 1986 for the IMO and the one bright spot was that however bad (and it was bad) in Romania at the time, Cuba was much worse...

Not that impressed with Simon and Le Clezio but I liked what i read from Elfride jelinek and Hertha Muller of the more recent winners

Of the rest probably Steinbeck, Hesse and Anatole France are the ones that remained the most in my memory, with Hmasun and Sinclair Lewis also; not a fan of Hemingway or Faulkner though I read a few of their novels.

Liviu said...

sorry one mistake - the Havana IMO (International Math Olympiad) when i won a gold medal for the Romanian math team (which won that year btw!) was in 1987, but 1987 was even worse than 1986 anyway in Romania...

Larry said...

I just finished reading Müller's latest novel, but am irritated that I had to read it in Catalan (which I only understand about 75-80% of the words with ease and most of the rest with difficulty, written of course). Despite that hurdle, it was very, very good and makes me tempted to resume working on my rusty German so I can read it fluently in her native tongue.

Kawabata sounds like he might be just the sort of reading I'd enjoy. I read Milosz only for his non-fiction, so no idea how his fiction would read to me. Gabo I enjoy despite his connection to the Castros.

Michal said...

Which book by Sienkiewicz did you read?

He's most famous internationally for Quo Vadis, of course, but I got rather bored with that novel. Whereas The Teutonic Knights was an excellent read, if a highly romantic, hyperbolic, and hypermasculine work.

Larry said...

Quo Vadis, but I have been meaning to read his acclaimed trilogy for nearly 20 years now. Yet I keep forgetting to buy it. Wonder if it's an e-book as well now.

Liviu said...

Fire and Sword (and its 2 sequels) is imho the best work of Sienkiewicz and while i agree that Quo Vadis sounds occasionally corny (though the scenes with Nero and Petronius are still alive as they could refer to any dictator and his court), the historical context (partitioned and occupied Poland with the author readership scattered under German or Russian rule) is also important to note

There are a few modern adaptations of his books - the new (most expensive local movie ever) Polish Quo Vadis which is available in English subtitles on DVD btw is just awesome and one of the best historical movies of recent times, while the ones after The Trilogy are eminently watchable too and beat similar Hollywood fare hands down.

Michal said...

Hmmm, I wasn't able to finish With Fire and Sword, though I blame that on the English translation I was reading, which was very, very bland (it was the newest one, I believe). I'll have to give it another go in Polish.

The films are indeed excellent, Potop (The Deluge) being the best. Pan Tadeusz is quite dated, however.

As for the Polish production of Quo Vadis, it's very much a fan's dream. If you like the novel, the movie certainly holds up. However, I wasn't particular enamoured by it. for all the same reasons I wasn't particular enamoured by the book.

I still think The Teutonic Knights was Sienkiewicz's most enjoyable novel, if not his best.

prof prem raj pushpakaran said...

prof premraj pushpakaran writes -- 2018 marks the 100th birth year of Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn!!!

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