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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Stupid Elitists Overlook John Grisham Yet Again

posted by on October 9 at 11:33 AM

This year’s Nobel Prizewinner for Literature is French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, the author of novels like Le procès-verbal and Désert. They declared him “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.” I know nothing about Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. I have never actually even heard that name before in my life. I guess the Nobel official who declared American culture was too insular was right. Here is the Wikipedia page for Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. Enjoy.

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is there anything translated into american?

Posted by max solomon | October 9, 2008 11:42 AM

I haven't read him either, but I'll see what they've got at the library. He can't be worse than that awful Elfriede Jelinek who won the prize a few years back. Oh lord, what a tedious bore she is...

NONE of the new crop of laureates holds a candle to the insular Americans Saul Bellow (3/4 of whose books concern Chicago Jews) or William Faulkner (ALL of whose books focus like a laser on a barely populated county in rural Mississippi) who may have covered a small patch of ground but knew how to tell a Goddamn STORY! Something that most of the recent winners have in common, with the notable exception of Orhan Pamuk, is that they are moralists first and story tellers second. I say that makes for dull literature and I say to hell with it.

Who does Philip Roth have to masturbate to get his darn prize already?

Posted by Gurldoggie | October 9, 2008 11:51 AM

@Gurldoggie: I think we have to elect Barack Obama before the Nobel Prize committee even considers Roth for a prize. If McCain wins, Roth will never win a Nobel.

Posted by Paul Constant | October 9, 2008 11:54 AM

Jackie Collins alone has been to every spa in the world worth patronising, how's that for well-traveled?

Posted by inkweary | October 9, 2008 12:22 PM

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