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Observation #4009

You know, I've really read very few of the authors who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Very few authors of any single award, to be honest. Are awards not sexy to me?


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Oct. 16th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
i like rushdie. i'm a big fan--but i don't think of him as award winning, or in any other celebrated way. the fact that he has, among his various awards, the booker of bookers, means nothing to me.

i was just thinking, you know, that there is this huge thing about awards selling books, about awards meaning something to authors, and i hardly buy a book because of an award, and awards mean nothing outside some free publicity for me. it's a strange thing, i think.
Oct. 15th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
The only Nobel Prize winning novel I've read is The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass and it was totally worth it. Which reminds me: maybe I should seek out more.
Oct. 16th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
you don't win the nobel for an actual work though, do you? i thought you won it for the body of work you've done. in grass' case, i thought he'd published that years before he won.

i've also read his MY CENTURY, which i found interesting on a number of levels.
Oct. 16th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Good point, goes to show how much I pay attention. The reason I always linked his Nobel Prize and The Tin Drum is because I bought the book without having ever heard of it while browsing the shelves: the paperback cover and synopsis caught my eye, and it had the Nobel Prize seal on the front. I've never noticed that seal on any of his other books, so I always think of that novel, itself, as the Nobel Prize winner, though I'm sure that's untrue.

As for Grass's other material, I've tried to read some of the rest of the Danzig Trilogy but wasn't so impressed. I haven't tried My Century.
Oct. 16th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
heh. MY CENTURY had the same nobel sticker on it for me.

i liked it, though. it's quite a structurally interesting novel, as he gives over a hundred chapters to capture a year. at times it can be a bit dry, and i think the first half of it is a bit more interesting than the second half (rather like history, i guess) but i do recommend it.
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
what is the nobel prize again?
i forget awards all brass and BORING
too many authors are lost in the dross of memoralising
it's all a little bit too high school
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: a-ward's

it's one of the big awards. over a million dollars in prize money.
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Oct. 16th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
well, when you put it that way...
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