Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Vietnamese Nobel?

Some time ago it was the Malaysians who were worrying about why they couldn't produce a winner for the a Nobel Prize for Literature, now it's the Vietnamese [found via Literary Saloon].

Thuy Linh in the Thanh Nien Daily quotes award-winning poet Inrasara who says that :
Nobel Prize winners ... must do one or all of the following: capture the quintessence of contemporary life like Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway; explore new ideas that affect the human soul like Jean-Paul Sartre; fearlessly ask the unasked questions of their peoples and countries like Orhan Pamuk; or find new ways of expression that influences their contemporaries like William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez. Can we name a writer in Vietnam who can do these things?
Critics ponder some of the reasons why Vietnamese literature is not flourishing.

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