Haruki Murakami tipped to win the Nobel Prize in Literature

image-medium (21)Have you read any books by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami? He is favourite to win this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, so you might like to try some of his titles. The Nobel prize winner will be announced at a ceremony  in Sweden next month.

Murakami has been a candidate for the prize quite often and he was favourite to win in 2012.  Ladbrokes have him as the most popular of the principal contenders worldwide for this year’s award, according to the odds He has previously won the Franz Kafka and the Jerusalem Prize.

Matt Lewis from the Telegraph says:

“The Japanese author is known for his surreal plots, use of Western pop culture and unadorned style. He has an enormous following both in his native country and abroad. Despite seldom appearing in public, the novelist was an early pioneer of the internet as a way of connecting with fans.

The author, 64, became a household name in his native country with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood. A departure from his earlier work, its use of realism and simple plotting helped him to reach a larger audience and established Murakami as the voice of the Japanese baby-boomer generation. The book was adapted for the screen in 2010 by French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung.

His eagerly awaited latest novel, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, was published in Japan in April and sold more than one million copies in its first month of release. Similar in tone and style to Norwegian Wood, it tells the story of a man struggling with a traumatic event in his past, who uses a romance to get back on his feet.”

Ladbrokes latest odds for the Nobel Prize in Literature winner:

Haruki Murakami 3/1

Joyce Carol Oates 6/1

Péter Nádas 7/1

Ko Un 10/1

Assia Djebar 10/1

Alice Munro 12/1

Adonis 14/1

Philip Roth 16/1

Amos Oz 16/1

Thomas Pynchon 20/1

Ngugi Wa Thiog’o 20/1

Milan Kundera 25/1

William Trevor 33/1

Javier Marias 33/1

Cormac McCarthy 40/1

Darcia Maraini 40/1

Nuruddin Farah 40/1

Salman Rushdie 40/1

Margaret Atwood 40/1

Don DeLillo 40/1