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Jul 19 2013, 04:50 AM
Is there a (rough) pattern to which territories get it? I.e.Europe one year, Asia another, Africa enother etc? Not necessarily in order. I was very surprised that Lessing got it so soon after Pinter.
The Academy themselves claim that they don't focus on countries or continents, but on individual authorships. (Which historically tends to mean white male Europeans, though at least they've been increasingly aware of this in recent years...)

The last 10 years have gone Africa-Europe-Europe-Europe-Europe/Africa*-Europe/Africa-Europe**-South America-Europe-Asia.
* Lessing, born in Zimbabwe, but hardly an "African" writer
** Le Clézio, dual French/Mauritian citizenship
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