The Nobel prize for literature was no awarded in 2018 owing to a major sexual scandal rocking the Swedish Academy which decides the Prize. This was a first time occurrence in the history of the Nobel Prize. With the Permanent Secretary of the Academy resigning along with five other members, for the first time in the Prize’s history, the Swedish King had to intervene in order to reconstitute the Academy with the induction of new members and a new Secretary. Rocked by many scandals including leakage of classified information for betting circuits, it is imperative for the Academy to salvage its image this year. The Academy has already announced that two prizes for Literature – for the years 2018 and 2019 – will be awarded this year nd the announcement is expected by 10th October 2019. The literary world is anxiously waiting to hear the announcement and expectedly, betting and speculation sites are already agog with activity. The probable winners for this year include poets Jaan Kaplinski (Estonia), Ersi Sotiropoulos (Greece), Adunis (Syria), novelists Mirces Cartarescu (Romania), Antonio Munoz Molina (Spain), Mia Couto (Mozambique), Nuruddin Farah (Somalia), Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary), Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya) and playwright Jon Fosse (Norway).
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