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Sunday, May 27, 2012

A list about potential future Nobel Prize winners (part IV)

Disclaimer: I'm sure there will be many authors I've missed out simply because I haven't heard of them. It is impossible for me to read anything not published or translated into English or French. Or works that I cannot get a hold of even if translations exist ( the book market in Trinidad is a bit limited. It's not a perfect world). I'm making guesses with the material I have and hopefully the guesses are good. In no particular order:

12.  Thomas Pynchon - United States of America


Language : English






Genres: Short stories; Novels; Essays

Reference Works: V. (1963); The Crying of Lot 49 (1966); Gravity's Rainbow (1974); Mason & Dixon (1997)


11. Martin Amis - England


Language:  English






Genres: Novels; Short Stories, Essays

Reference Works: Other People (1981); Money (1984); Heavy Water and Other Stories (1998)


10. Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Kenya


Language: English, Gikuyu






Genres: Novels, Plays, Short Stories, Essays, Children's books

Reference Works: Weep Not, Child (1964); A Grain of Wheat (1967);I Will Marry When I Want (1977); Decolonizing the Mind:  The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986)


9. Les Murray - Australia


Language : English






Genres: Poems; Essays

Reference Works: The People's Other World (1983); Dog Fox Field(1990); Fredy Neptune (1999)


8. David Dabydeen - Guyana


Language : English






Genres: Poems, Novels

Reference Works: Slave Song (1984); The Intended (1991); A Harlot's Progress (1999)


7. Margaret Atwood - Canada


Language: English






Genres: Poems, Short Stories, Essays, Novels, Children's Books;Libretto

Reference Works: The Handmaid's Tale (1985); Cat's Eye (1988); The Blind Assassin (2000); Morning in the Burned House (1995)


6. Kazuo Ishiguro - Japan/ England


Language : English






Genres: Novels; Short Stories

Reference Works: The Remains of the Day (1989); The Unconsoled (1995); Never Let Me Go (2005)


5. Amos Oz - Israel


Language: Hebrew






Genres: Essays; Short Stories, Novels

Reference Works: Black Box (1987); Fima (1991); A Tale of Love and Darkness (2002)


4.Amitav Ghosh - India


Language: English






Genres: Novels; Essays

Reference Works: The Calcutta Chromosome (1995); The Glass Palace (2000); Sea of Poppies (2011)


3. Peter Handke - Austrian


Language: German






Genres: Novels; Essays; Plays

Reference Works: The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1970);Short Letter, Long Farewell (1972); The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (1992)


2. Mo Yan- Chinese


Language:  Chinese






Genres: Novels; Short Stories

Reference Works: The Republic of Wine (1992); Big  Breasts and Wide Hips (1996);  Life and Death are Wearing Me Out (2008)


1. Peter Nadas - Hungary


Language : Hungarian






Genres: Short Stories; Novels

Reference Works: A Book of Memories (1986); Love (1999); Parallel Stories (2005)

A list about potential future Nobel Prize winners (part III)

Disclaimer: I'm sure there will be many authors I've missed out simply because I haven't heard of them. It is impossible for me to read anything not published or translated into English or French. Or works that I cannot get a hold of even if translations exist ( the book market in Trinidad is a bit limited. It's not a perfect world). I'm making guesses with the material I have and hopefully the guesses are good. In no particular order:

12. David Malouf - Australia


Language: English






Genre: Novels; Short Stories; Plays; Poetry

Reference Works: The Great World (1990); Remembering Babylon (1993); The Complete Stories (2007)


11. Assia Djebar - Algeria


Language : French






Genre: Novels; Essays; Short Stories

Reference Works: Les Impatients (1958); Loin de Medine (1991); Vaste est la prison (1995)


10. Jonathan Franzen - United States of America


Language: English






Genres: Novels;Essays

Reference Works: The Corrections (2001); How to be Alone (2002); Freedom (2010)


9. Ismail Kadare - Albania


Language: Albanian, French






Genres: Novels, Poems

Reference Works: Broken April (1978); Dorutine (1980); The Pyramid (1995)


8. Michael Chabon - United States of America


Language: English






Genres: Essays; Poetry; Short Stories

Reference Works: The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay (2000); The Yiddish Policeman's Union (2007); Maps and Legends (2008)


7. Lyudmila Ulitskaya - Russia


Language: Russian






Genres: Novels, Short Stories

Reference Works:  Sonechka (1995); Kukotsky's Case (2001); Sincerely Yours, Shurik (2003)


6. John Banville - Ireland, Republic of


Language: English






Genres: Novels; Plays; Short Stories

Reference Works:   Birchwood (1973); The Book of Evidence (1989); The Sea (2005)


5. Peter Carey - Australia


Language: English






Genres: Novels; Short Stories

Reference Works: Oscar and Lucinda (1988); Jack Maggs (1998); True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)


4. Michael Ondaatje -Sri Lanka/ Canada


Language:  English






Genres: Novels; Poetry

Reference Works: There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning to Do (1979); The English Patient (1992); Anil's Ghost (2000)


3. Tahar Ben Jelloun - Morocco


Language: French






Genres: Novels

Reference Works: L'Enfant De Sable (1985); La Nuit Sacree (1987); Le racisme explique a ma fille (1997)


2. Adam Zagajewski - Poland


Language: Polish






Genres: Poems; Essays

Reference Works: Canvas (1991); Eternal Enemies (2008); Unseen Hand (2009)


1. Vikram Seth - India


Language: English






Genres: Novels; Poetry

Reference Works: A Suitable Boy(1993); All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990); An Equal Music (1999)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A list about potential future Nobel Prize winners (part II)

Disclaimer: I'm sure there will be many authors I've missed out simply because I haven't heard of them. It is impossible for me to read anything not published or translated into English or French. Or works that I cannot get a hold of even if translations exist ( the book market in Trinidad is a bit limited. It's not a perfect world). I'm making guesses with the material I have and hopefully the guesses are good. In no particular order:

12. Ian McEwan - England


Language: English






Genres: Novels; Short Stories; Children's Stories; Plays; Screenplays; Libretto

Reference Works: The Comfort of Strangers (1981); Amsterdam (1988); Atonement (2001);On Chesil Beach (2007)


11. Nuruddin Farah - Somalia


Language: English, Somali






Genres: Novels; Plays; Essays

Reference Works: From A Crooked Rib (1970); A Naked Needle (1976); Variations on  the Theme of An African Dictatorship (trilogy)- 1979-1983


10. Kamau Brathwaite - Barbados


Language: English






Genres: Poems, Plays, Essays

Reference Works:  The Arrivants (1973); Middle Passages (1992);  Born To Slow Horses (2005)


9. Paul Auster - United States of America


Language: English, French






Genres: Poetry, Plays, Novels, Essays, Screenplays

Reference Works: The Invention of Solitude (1982);The  Music of Chance (1990); Sunset Park (2010)


8. Cees Nooteboom - Netherlands


Language: Dutch






Genres: Novels, Short Stories, Travel Writing, Poetry, Essays

Reference Works: Rituelen (1980); Het Volgende Verhaal (1991); Nootebooms Hotel (2002)


7.  Cormac McCarthy - United States of America


Language: English






Genres: Novels; Plays, Screenplays

Reference Works: Suttree (1979); Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West (1985); No Country for Old Men (2005); The Road (2006)


6. Philip Roth -  United States of America


Language: English






Genres: Novels, Essays

Reference Works: Portnoy's Complaint (1969); Zuckerman Bound (1985); American Pastoral (1997); The Human Stain (2000)


5. Ko Un - South Korea (Republic of Korea)


Language: Korean






Genres: Poetry, Essays, Novels, Plays,

Reference Works: The Sound of My Waves (1991); Ten Thousand Lives (2005); Flowers of a Moment (2006)


4. Umberto Eco - Italy


Language: Italian






Genres: Essays, Novels, Children's Books

Reference Works: The Name of the Rose (1983), Foucault's Pendulum (1989); The Infinity of Lists (2009)


3. Salman Rushdie - England/ India


Language:  English






Genres: Novels, Essays

Reference Works: Midnight's Children (1981); The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999); Shalimar the Clown (2005)




2. William Trevor - Ireland


Language : English






Genres: Novels, Short Stories, Plays

Reference Works: The Old Boys (1964); Angels at the Ritz and Other Stories (1975); Fools of Fortune (1983)


1. Javier Marias - Spain


Language : Spanish






Genres: Novels

Reference Works: A Heart So White (1995); Dark Back of Time (1998); Your Face Tomorrow 2: Dance and Dream (2006)

Friday, May 25, 2012

A list about potential future Nobel Prize winners (part I)

Disclaimer: I'm sure there will be many authors I've missed out simply because I haven't heard of them. It is impossible for me to read anything not published or translated into English or French. Or works that I cannot get a hold of even if translations exist ( the book market in Trinidad is a bit limited. It's not a perfect world). I'm making guesses with the material I have and hopefully the guesses are good. In no particular order:



12. Chinua Achebe - Nigeria


Language : English






Genres: Poems; Short Stories; Essays; Novels

Reference Works: Things Fall Apart (1958); A Man of the People (1966); Hopes and Impediments (1988)


11. E.L. Doctorow - United States of America


Language: English






Genre: Novels, Essays, Short Stories, Plays

Reference Works: The Book of Daniel (1971); Ragtime (1975); The March (2005)

10. Yasar Kemal - Turkey


Language : Turkish




Genre: Novel, Plays


Reference Works: Memed, My Hawk (1955); Teneke (1955); The Legend of the Thousand Bulls (1971)


9. Yves Bonnefoy - France


Language: French









Genre: Essays, Poetry


Reference Works: L'arriere Pays (1971); Recits en reve (1987); La Pluie d'ete (1999)


8. Seigfried Lenz -  Germany


Language : German







Genre: Essays, Short Stories, Plays, Novels

Reference Works: The German Lesson (1968); Training Ground (1981); Ludmilla (1996)


7. Adunis - Syria


Language : Arabic





Genre: Poems, Essays

Reference Works: Songs of Mihyar the Damascene (1960); Transformations of the Lover (1982);The Pages of Day and Night (1994)


6.  Bei Dao - China


Language : Chinese







Genre: Poems, Short Stories, Essays

Reference Works: Waves (1990); Forms of Distance (1994);Unlock (2000)


5. John Ashbery - United States of America


Language: English







Genre: Poems

Reference Works: The Tennis Court Oath (1962); Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror(1975); Chinese Whispers (2002)


4. Amin Maalouf -Lebanon/France


Language : French






Genre: Novels

Reference Works: Samarkand (1988); Les Jardins de lumiere (1991); Le Periple de Baldassare (2000)


3. Milan Kundera - Czech Republic/ France


Language: Czech, French






Genre: Poems, Plays, Short Stories, Essays, Novels

Reference Works: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1978); The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984); Le Rideau (2005)


2. Haruki Murakami - Japan


Language: Japanese






Genre: Novels, Short Stories, Essays

Reference Works: Norwegian Wood (1987); The Elephant Vanishes (1993); Kakfa on the Shore (2002);What I Talk About When I talk About Running (2007)


1. Alice Munro - Canada


Language: English






Genre: Short Stories

Reference Works: Dance of the Happy Shades (1968); The Progress of Love (1986); Runaway (2004)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Best Directors Working Today (Africa and Middle East List)

Picked from directors who are Africa, Middle Eastern or film in these countries a lot. In the languages of the country that they're filming in (which means English, French and Portuguese counts). Or African and Middle Eastern languages. To qualify I'm making it that the director has to release an excellent film (in my opinion) during the 21st century and I need to be able to find at least 3 excellent reference films. Same criteria as the previous list.
I'm counting Israel as part of Europe, so there won't be any Israeli directors on this list. My geography is sketchy so I'm using the basis of where the national team plays their football (Israel plays in UEFA). I know the Middle East counts as AFC for football, but the list looks better like this.


16.Idrissa Ouedraogo-Burkina Faso

Directing Timespan : 1981- present

Reference Films: Yaaba (1989), Tilai(1990), Anger of the Gods (2003)



15.Mai Masri-Palestine

Directing Timespan : 1987- present

Reference Films: Beirut Diaries: Truth,Lies and Videos (2006); Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001); Children of Shatila (1998)


14.Elia Suleiman -Palestine

Directing Timespan : 1991- present

Reference Films: Chronicle of a Disappearance(1996); Divine Intervention (20020; The time That Remains (2009);



13.Abbas Fahdel - Iraq

Directing Timespan : 2001- present

Reference Films: Back to Babylon (2002); We Iraqis (2004); Dawn of the World (2008)


12.Mahamat Saleh Haroun-Chad

Directing Timespan : 1995- present

Reference Films: Abouna (2002); Daratt (2006); A Screaming Man (2010)

11.Haile Gerima-Ethopia

Directing Timespan : 1972- present

Reference Films: Teza (2009); Sankofa (1993);Adwa (1999)

10.Mohamed Khan-Egypt

Directing Timespan : 1963- present

Reference Films: Fi shaket Masr El Gedeeda (2007); Ayyam El Saddat (2001); Zawgat Ragol Mohim (1987);

9. Abderrahmane Sissako-Mali/ Mauritiana

Directing Timespan : 1989- present

Reference Films: La Vie sur Terre (1999); Heremakono (2002);  Bamako (2006)

8. Mahamat Saleh Haroun-Chad

Directing Timespan : 1995- present

Reference Films: Abouna (2002); Daratt (2006); A Screaming Man (2010)


7. Dani Kouyate-Burkina Faaso

Directing Timespan : 1989- present

Reference Films: Sia, le reve du python (2001), Ouaga-saga (2004); Joseph ke-Zerbo (2005)

6. Asghar Farhadi -Iran


Directing Timespan : 2003- Present

Reference Films: Dancing in the Dust (2003), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), A Separation (2011)



5. Mohsen Makhmalbaf -Iran

Directing Timespan : 1981- present

Reference Films: The Cyclist (1987); Salaam Cinema (1994); A Moment of Innocence (1996); Kandahar (2001);


4. Hany Abu-Assad -Palestine


Directing Timespan : 1991- present

Reference Films: Rana's Wedding (2002); Ford Transit (2003); Paradise Now (2005)


3.Samira Makhmalbaf -Iran


Directing Timespan : 1998- present

Reference Films: The Apple (1998); ; Blackboards (2000);At Five in The Afternoon (2003)





2.Jafar Panahi -Iran

Directing Timespan : 1988- present

Reference Films: The White Balloon (1995); The Circle (2000); Crimson Gold (2003); Offside (2006)


1. Abbas Kiarostami -Iran

Directing Timespan : 1962- present

Reference Films: Where is the Friend's Home (1987); The Wind Will Carry Us (1997); 10 on Ten (2004); Certified Copy (2010)