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Why Haruki Murakami has been kept away from the Nobel Prize in Literature?


Hi.

This year, 5th of October was the day that a recepient of the Nobel Prize in Literature was made in public.

Since 2006, many people around the world have expected that Haruki Murakami, who can be called as the most famous Japanese writer, wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

However, a different writer won the prize this year.

 

Why hasn’t Haruki Murakami won the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Here, I’m taking an examination the reasons why people say Haruki Murakami is a candidate of the Nobel Prize in Literature every year, why he hasn’t got the prize since 2006, and whether he is really a candidate to win the prize or not.

 

Let’s see, and think what will happen the next year!

 




 

1. The reasons that people say Haruki Murakami is a possible recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature

 


 

(1) He won an international literary honor in the past

 

There are several reasons that people think that Haruki Murakami is worth receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, but a major reason is that his reputation went up in 2005, when his nobel “Kafka on the Shore” was selected as one in “The Ten Best of 2005” by New York Times.

 

In the following year, he and his nobel gathered more attentions in public, since he received two international literary awards: Franz Kafka award, and Frank O’Connor award.

 

It was striking that the two of the receipients of Frantz Kafka award, Harold Pinter in 2005, and Elfriede Jelinek in 2004, both won the Nobel Prize in Literature in the same year.

Because of this, he and his nobel “Kafka on the Shore” came up in conversation about the recepient of the most respected literary award in 2006.

 

 

(2) Haruki Murakami and his novels have popularity among book makers and non-Japanese people

 

Every year, book makers in Britain consistently rank Haruki Murakami as one of the most possible recepient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

For example, in the ranking of the possible recepient of the prize by Oddz, a widely-known book maker, he was ranked as the top in 2014, the second in 2015, and the top in the first half of the year 2016.

The top in the late half of 2016 was Ngugi Wa Thiong’o in Kenya.

( This year, Bob Diran got the prize.)

 

In the ranking of Oddz in 2017, he was at the top of the ranking on 8th of September, and the second on the 27th.

 

Many people may doubt the credibility of the ranking, but it shouldn’t be undervalued, indeed.

In fact, in 2015, Oddz predicted that the recepient of the Nobel Prize in Literature would be Svetlana Alexandrovna in Beralus, who got the prize of the year.

 

In addition, it’s worthy of special mention that Haruki Murakami has greater popularity outside of Japan than in Japan.

Surpirsingly, a lot of fan stand on line before the day that a book signing event of Haruki Murakami is held.

Thus, the popularity of Haruki Murakami is more than the estimate of Japanese people, and a great number of his fans is waiting to see the moment that he has received the Nobel Prize in Literature!

 

 

2. The reason that Haruki Murakami doesn’t receive the Nobel Prize in Literature every year.

 


 

Because different people think differently about the reasons, there is no concrete reason why.

 

One points out that his nobels are not worth receiving the prize, because his nobels are lack of strong themes and objectives, compared to the recepients of the Nobel Prize in Literature, such as Kenzaburo Ohe, whose literature usually deal with political and social problems.

 

Another says that he is a pulp writer and his work is not artistic.

( Many critisized this point of view, and they argue that it’s too difficult to evaluate the artistic elements in a novel. Many counter-argue that his literature is artistic, indeed!)

 

Moreover, some say that he can’t receive the award because he doesn’t belong to “Pen Club,” that famous novelists in Japan, such as Kenzaburo Ohe and Yasunari Kawabata belonged to.

( This argument implies that to be a notable writer needs to write a good novel and to participate in a lobbying activity.)

 

Other mention the possibility that Nobel Prize Committee categorizes his novels as popular fiction, which it possibly doesn’t like.

 

If these arguments are true, it seems difficult for him to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

Furthermore, among the reasons of his not receiving the prize in the past several years is that Asian writers shouldn’t receive it for the second year in a row ( in particular, he couldn’t be a Nobel Prize witter in 2013, because Mo yan received in 2012).

Also, many points out that six Japanese people won Nobel Prizes in the past several years ( three in 2014, two in 2015, and one in 2016), so they thought that Japanese wouldn’t win the prize this year.

( If the committee thought like this, it’s sad for many people.)


3. Indeed, Haruki Murakami hasn’t been a candidate of a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature!?

 


 

Even though we think that he is a possible candidate of the prizewinners, we cannot say it’s true.

You know, that we just subjectively say that he is a possible winner of the prize, and no one in the committee makes in public the ranking of the candidates to win the prize.

 

However, interestingly, there is a rule that the committee needs to show the list of the candidates of the prizewinner after 50 years.

 

Surprisingly, Yukio Mishima was in the shortlist in 1963, and in the list of 1947 we can find the name Toyohiko Kagawa, though no one imagined that he was listed as a candidate of the prizewinner.

 

So, we will know whether Haruki Murakami is really a candidate or not after 40 years!

Can’t wait to see the list!

 

 

How was it?

Unfortunately, Haruki Murakami wasn’t this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

We can’t know whether he was a candidate of the recipients or not, but we wouldn’t be able to be excited before the publication of the recipient, if Haruki Murakami got the prize this year!

 

Awaiting the good news is also fun.

he was listed as a candidate of the prizewinner.

 

So, we will know whether Haruki Murakami is really a candidate or not after 40 years!

Can’t wait to see the list!

 

 

How was it?

Unfortunately, Haruki Murakami wasn’t this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

We can’t know whether he was a candidate of the recipients or not, but we wouldn’t be able to be excited before the publication of the recipient, if Haruki Murakami got the prize this year!

 

Awaiting the good news is also fun.

So, we need to wait to hear the news patiently.

 

See you!

 




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