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Jul 19 2013, 09:13 AM
Jul 19 2013, 07:36 AM
Do authors have to have been translated into English or another European language? I mean it must be very difficult to judge a book written in an Asian or African language?
I believe they commission translations where there aren't any existing.
According to Josť Saramago, in his blog, after Blindness the Academy was all set to give him the Nobel Prize. But in the meantime his new novel, All The Names, had come out, and there was no Swedish translation yet. Wary of giving Saramago the Nobel if this new novel were crap, they had to check it out before making a decision. So one of their members got a Portuguese copy, a dictionary and spent all Summer reading the novel. And the rest is history. The member who read it told him this story during the ceremony :)
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