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Aug 6 2012, 04:31 AM
Who else of those Americans has a reasonable chance? DeLillo the fourth elephant, but somehow I cannot see him win over the other three. Who else? Ashbery? But are there prose writers that are underappreciated? Writers that could win without civil war breaking out in the States?
I think on this forum Björn and I are the only ones appreciating Joyce Carol oates, but in the wider critical world, she is generally regarded as "up there" with the four, um, 'elephants'. I'm not sure about Richard Powers. Maybe a dark horse.

Gass is still alive, and his work has been translated into various european languages recently. I think Claro translated the tunnel two years ago and I just saw this week a brand new German translation of the book.

Robert Coover and John Barth are also still alive and possibly, with P, the last living great writers of their generation. I said it before: I would totally love to see a joint nobel for two or all three of them, for postmodern american fiction. it has been fantastically influential on world literature and three of its most important practitioners are still alive. It's a great opportunity.

how about Russell Banks? He writes highly regarded politically charged literary fiction and is popular inb Europe too, especially France, I gather.

Ondaatje has to be a perennial candidate, too. He's canadian, but that's basically the same thing.

Edmund White, too, very possibly.

OH! And Ishmael Reed. Important writer, still productive, old.

A nonfiction dark horse: Hilary Putnam is still (if barely) alive. Unless I forgot someone there is no other living philosopher of his influence and power. COME ON. Also, he writes well. It's Hilary Putnam and he might die tomorrow. Come on people. Do the right thing.

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