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Nobel Prize finally goes to an author we've heard of
Nobel Prize finally goes to an author we've heard of

Today's Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded to Canadian Alice Munro, is a departure from recent prizes. More often than not, the judges have appeared intent on raising awareness of authors who have toiled largely outside the American media marketing machine, or those who have been the victims of censorship by authoritarian governments. Outside of Stockholm, there aren't many bookshelves loaded with the works of Mo Yan (2012 winner), Tomas Transtromer (2011), Herta Muller (2009), Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio (2008) and Orhan Pamuk (2006). For example, Muller was persecuted for her criticism of Romania's communist dictatorship. According to her Nobel bio, she "was...

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