Shocking ideas and safe jobs: what makes a Nobel author?

Jane Messer

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When something is wrong in the world of literature, who better to blame than the writers? Nobel Prize for Literature judge Horace Engdahl said this week, only days before the award was given to French writer Patrick Modiano, that American and European literature is today characterised by writing which does not transgress anything – but only pretends to.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2014

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  • literature
  • books
  • creative writing
  • Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Nobel Prize 2014


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