Nobel Prize in Literature Archive

Round-Up: National Poetry Month, Imre Kertész, and a PEN Award

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From tips to celebrating National Poetry Month to a winner announcement for a literary prize, here’s last week’s literary news: April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets suggests several ways to celebrate this year, including participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day, pledging to read a poem

Pursuing Essence through Ambiguity: On Kawabata’s Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

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Among the known instances of writers reworking published material, Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata stands apart for his seemingly untenable decision to turn his acclaimed novel Snow Country (for which, along with Thousand Cranes and The Old Capital, he received the 1968 Nobel Prize) into an eleven-page story. Kawabata completed

WWTMD? (What Would Toni Morrison Do?)

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Lately, during the sad, unproductive stretches of writing my first novel, I stare at an empty page and whisper, “What Would Toni Morrison Do?” This is the closest I come to prayer. Please show me the way, I say to my favorite writers. Please give me the vision to