Haruki Murakami became one of the four finalists of the alternative Nobel prize

Харуки Мураками стал одним из четырех финалистов альтернативной Нобелевской премии

Named four finalists alternative Nobel prize for literature: Neil Gaiman (UK), Maryse condé (France), Kim Thuy (Canada) and Haruki Murakami (Japan), writes The Guardian.

The finalists were chosen by open vote of more than 100 journalists, writers, actors and other cultural figures who entered the New Academy. This organization was created as an alternative to the Swedish Academy, which this year will be to give the Nobel prize for literature.

Only alternative Nobel prize nominated 47 authors, including Ian McEwan, Sophie Oksanen, Olga Tokarchuk, Donna of Tartt, JK Rowling, Amos Oz, Arundhati Roy, Patti Smith, Margaret Atwood and others.

The winner among the four finalists will choose the jury consisting of editor Ann Pálsson, Professor at the University of Gothenburg Lisbeth Larsson and librarian Gunilla Sandin. The award winner will be announced on October 12. And the award ceremony is scheduled for 9 December. After this, the New Academy will be closed.

We will remind, the Nobel prize for literature this year not awarded due to a sex scandal. 18 women have accused the famous Swedish photographer and Director Jean-Claude Arnaud in sexual harassment. Since he is the spouse of a member of the Royal Swedish Academy, poetess Katerina, Frostenson – sex-scandal affected the image of the Committee that awards the prize in this category.

In addition, and very Frostenson has charged that seven times the names of Nobel laureates for literature were announced prematurely. As a result of the scandal from the Royal Swedish Academy came several members.

The Nobel prize for literature has been awarded since 1901. The last time the annual tradition in which the award was terminated in 1949.

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