Friday, October 08, 2004

Stephen Schwartz thumps the Nobel committee for awarding this year's prize in literature to Elfriede Jelinek: a semi-pornographic, anti-American, communist hack.

1 comment:

miklos rosza said...

Sometimes it seems as though the prize for literature is given almost completely at random, or simply out of a desire to multiculturally "share." One writer who received the Nobel Prize but is very little known (even in France, his home-country) is Claude Simon. At least two of his books in English translation are hypnotic and riveting. "Histoire" and "Triptych."

But so far as actual influence goes, or impact, it would have been better to give the prize to Alain Robbe-Grillet -- on the one hand -- or on the other: Georges Perec.

And there's a lot to be said for Anthony Powell, purely on the basis of his 12 volulme "A Dance to the Music of Time."

Did Hermann Broch get a Nobel? I don't think so, and "The Sleepwalkers" is arguably as good as "The Magic Mountain," by Thomas Mann.

Oh well. Sorry to go on so.