As every year since 2009 paysages tries to forecast the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Difficult as every year, – I think Salman Rushdie will not be awarded – Pierre Assouline has wrote a very interesting article concerning Rushdie in his blog “la République des Livres” – “Le Nobel à Rushdie ? Un cadeau empoisonné”. Currently in the “literary saloon” we find a short notice published on the 22. September – “Nobel Prize in Literature betting”. Tomorrow morning M.A. Orthofer also posted this little note “Preparing for the Nobel Prize announcement”.
As more or less every year Alex Shepard published “Place Your Bets Who Will Win the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature? If Haruki Murakami wins, I will eat one of his fancy T-shirts” an article well worth reading. If there is really something new in these crystal ball predictions, than the fact that Wikipedia.en shows a list of “Contenders based on Nicer Odds and Ladbrokes” in its article “2022 Nobel Prize in Literature”. As I write this words, – Pierre Michon – is leading the list, – and yes perhaps he could be awarded with the Nobel prize in Literature 2022, – or in the following years. I read Michons “Le roi vient quand il veut” in 2011 when I was flying over Siberia, and I talked about the book in this blog. In the same blogpost I wrote also about Boris Pasternak and Andreï Makine, – Pasternak as we know was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1958 – but also Andreï Makine work seems to be “nobélisable”. Another French author which seems to be “nobélisable” in my eyes is Olivier Rolin. Some of his literary works are also closely linked to Russia and Siberia. I read his last book – “Vider les Lieux” during this summer.
Complementary to this my favorites for the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature are Lyudmila Ulitskaya, followed by António Lobo Antunes, and Maryse Condé. This list could be completed by Annie Ernaux, Boualem Sansal , Claudio Magris, Adunis, Ismaïl Kadaré , Milan Kundera, Margaret Atwood, Jamaica Kincaid, Anne Carson, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, Don DeLillo or Cormac McCarthy. More or less the same name as in my forecast lists of the last years!
As I wrote it last year – “in fact I don’t have any ideas to whom will be awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in literature – but it would be certainly a positive sign for the rebirth of Russian literature if Lyudmila Ulitskaya (or another Russian /Russophone writer/novelist/poet) would be awarded the prize!” Next Thursday, the 6 of October 2022, we will know the lucky awarded of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2022.
Michon, Pierre (2010) : Le roi vient quand il veut. Propos sur la littérature. Textes réunis par Agnès Castigione avec la participation de Pierre Marc de Biasi. Paris, Le livre de Poche/Albin Michel, ISBN 978-2-253-13434-3
Rolin, Olivier (2022) : Vider les lieux. Paris, © Éditions Gallimard, ISBN 978-2-07-284499-7
Christophe Neff, written on 03.10.2022, revised & published on 04.10.2022.
P.S.:. (06.10.2022 13:07): Finally Annie Ernaux was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature 2022.
 See also, Le Nobel à Herta Müller ? Der Literaturnobelpreis für Herta Müller ? ,Wer wird den Literaturnobelpreis 2010 verliehen bekommen?, Blognotice 5.10.2011 – neiges automnales & prochain lauréat du Prix Nobel de littérature , Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2012, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2013, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2014, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2015, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2016, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2017, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2018/2019, Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 , Paysages forecast for Nobel Prize in Literature 2021