In which case we definitely won't be able to figure out the full short list A few months ago I posted some half-baked thoughts on "masterpieces" and the Nobel and blah blah...a much more thought out version of that is that it seems like unless the winner is a perennial candidate who easily could have won 10 years ago (like Magris), they've usually recently put out a work that pushes them over the edge.Interestingly, he was not on our radar for the long list, either having no books checked out then or only one or two very far down. Not as many as Ishiguro and Magris, but still a fair amount, although some might just be from the long list and not yet returned (although I think for most of them there might be more by them out than before; I didn't keep records of that stuff. ) Ferrante-My Brilliant Friend, Those Who Stay and Those Who Leave, The Story of a New Name (due in August!In an attempt to be more systematic for later, I'm listing the books currently out): Ko Un-Maninbo: peace and war, Die Sterne ber dem Lande der Vater, Ten Thousand Lives (due... ) Javier Marias-Dark Back of Time, The Infatuations, A Heart so White, 1st 2 volumes of Your Face Tomorrow Lobo-Antunes-Swedish translation of Os Cus de Judas, The Splendor of Portugal, and The Fat and and Infinity and History Out of these ones, I'm rooting most for Marias and Lobo-Antunes (although a Korean laureate would be cool).
And I'm sure at least 1 or 2 are obscure authors we wouldn't ever guess.Edit: Got bored at work so I did a bit more exploring and thinking about what it might mean to have books checked out.Ultimately I'd say I'd give the authors with checked out books a closer look later in the speculation thread but not rule out someone who didn't.I feel sorry for anyone who has to read the collective oeuvre of Joyce Carol Oates, . This in addition to novellas, dramas, young adult and children's fiction, AND she also wrote and published other books under TWO pseudonyms. This in addition to novellas, dramas, young adult and children's fiction, AND she also wrote and published other books under TWO pseudonyms. And imagine the member returning: "Friends, comrades, I have read all of Mrs. Also, despite the hype, the academy has few Vollmann books and only one or two volumes by Maryse Conde.And I'm not necessarily talking about the quality (though that, too, is questionable). Other authors not checked out: Can Xue, Hwang Sok-yong, Yi Mun-yol, Cesar Aira, Cormac Mc Carthy, Pynchon, Ngugi, Mia Couto and Krasznahorkai.