It will be announced Thursday. Any predictions or favorites?
Will the prize committee jump on the Arab Spring bandwagon and select someone like Nawal El Saadawi?
There hasn't been an Asian winner in a while, so is it Haruki Murakami's turn? The publishers of his forthcoming huge novel 1Q84 would love that.
Will they finally end the ban on American winners and give it to Philip Roth? The last American was Toni Morrison in 1993.
Roth is 78 as is Cormac McCarthy. Umberto Eco is 79, as is Nawal El Saadawi. It may be now or never for them. Murakami is 62 and Salman Rushdie only 64, so they'll probably have to wait.
Or will it be someone we've never heard of, probably a poet. The last poet was Wislawa Szymborska in 1996.
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