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The Noble Nobel Project

The Noble Nobel Project found on Book Rhapsody.  Please visit Book Rhapsody for current updates and comments on the Noble Nobel Project!


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What is The Noble Nobel Project?

The Noble Nobel Project is my lifelong reading challenge that aims to read at least one work from every winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This spurred from a calling of sorts. You may visit the kickoff post here.

When does the project start and end?

The project officially started last January 2012. There is no end to this since new writers are awarded annually. Previously read books from Nobel laureates are counted.

How often will you read?

Again, since this is my lifelong project, there are no rules. It depends on the availability of books, my reading speed, and all that. One book per month is a good pace. I intend to stick to that.

And yes, I have other books that I want to read. I do not wish for this project to grandly interfere with my so-called life. Reading should be fun. It should not become an obligation.

Will you read more than one book from one laureate?

Sure. There are no limits, but multiple books from one writer would still count as one.

Will you read essays, poetry, plays, short stories, etc.?

Yes. This is not exclusive to fictional novels. Any form of literature counts.

Who are the Nobel Prize in Literature winners?

Below is the list of Nobel laureates in literature and at least one recommended work for each. The books listed opposite each laureate are the ones that I intend to read. I also think that these are their best works, based on my research. That statement is arbitrary though, and these books are merely suggestions. Note that some laureates may have more than one book listed. This is an indication that I’ve read more than one book from that laureate.

In addition, underlined author’s names are the authors that I’ve read. Links to my write-ups on the authors’ works are also included.

The Nobel Laureates (Updated last September 2012):

1901: Sully Prudhomme – Stanzas and Poems
1902: Theodor Mommsen – History of Rome
1903: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson – Synnöve Solbakken
1904: Frédéric Mistral – Mirelle: A Pastoral Epic of Provence
1904: José Echegaray – The Great Galeoto
1905: Henryk Sienkiewicz – Quo Vadis
1906: Giosuè Carducci – The Barbarian Odes
1907: Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book
1908: Rudolf Christoph Eucken – The Problem of Human Life
1909: Selma Lagerlöf – The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
1910: Paul Heyse – L’Arrabiata and Other Tales
1911: Maurice Maeterlinck – The Blue Bird
1912: Gerhart Hauptmann – The Weavers
1913: Rabindranath Tagore – Gitanjali
1915: Romain Rolland – Jean-Christophe
1916: Verner von Heidenstam – The Charles Men
1917: Henrik Pontoppidan – Lucky Peter
1917: Karl Gjellerup – The Pilgrim Kamanita
1919: Carl Spitteler – Olympian Spring
1920: Knut Hamsun – Growth of the Soil; Hunger
1921: Anatole France – The Revolt of the Angels
1922: Jacinto Benavente – The Bonds of Interest
1923: William Butler Yeats – The Tower
1924: Wladyslaw Reymont – The Peasants
1925: George Bernard Shaw – Saint Joan
1926: Grazia Deledda – The Mother
1927: Henri Bergson – Creative Evolution
1928: Sigrid Undset – Kristin Lavransdatter
1929: Thomas Mann – Buddenbrooks
1930: Sinclair Lewis – Babbitt
1931: Erik Axel Karlfeldt – Arcadia Borealis
1932: John Galsworthy – The Forsyte Saga
1933: Ivan Bunin – The Village
1934: Luigi Pirandello – Six Characters in Search of an Author
1936: Eugene O’Neill – Long Day’s Journey into Night
1937: Roger Martin du Gard – Les Thibault
1938: Pearl S. Buck – The Good Earth
1939: Frans Eemil Sillanpää – People in the Summer Night
1944: Johannes V. Jensen – The Long Journey
1945: Gabriela Mistral – Despair
1946: Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha
1947: André Gide – Fruits of the Earth
1948: T. S. Eliot – Four Quartets
1949: William Faulkner – The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom!
1950: Bertrand Russell – A History of Western Philosophy
1951: Pär Lagerkvist – Barabbas
1952: François Mauriac – Thérèse Desqueyreux
1953: Sir Winston Churchill – A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
1954: Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea
1955: Halldór Laxness – Independent People
1956: Juan Ramón Jiménez – Platero and I
1957: Albert Camus – The Stranger
1958: Boris Pasternak – Doctor Zhivago
1959: Salvatore Quasimodo – Giorno Dopo Giorno
1960: Saint-John Perse – Exile
1961: Ivo Andric – The Bridge on the Drina
1962: John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath
1963: Giorgos Seferis – Logbooks
1964: Jean-Paul Sartre – Nausea
1965: Mikhail Sholokhov – And Quiet Flows the Don
1966: Nelly Sachs – Eli: A Mystery Play of the Sufferings of Israel
1966: Shmuel Yosef Agnon – Only Yesterday
1967: Miguel Angel Asturias – The President
1968: Yasunari Kawabata – Snow Country
1969: Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot
1970: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
1971: Pablo Neruda – Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
1972: Heinrich Böll – Billiards at Half-past Nine
1973: Patrick White – Riders in the Chariot
1974: Eyvind Johnson – Here Is Your Life!
1974: Harry Martinson – Aniara
1975: Eugenio Montale – The Occasions
1976: Saul Bellow – The Adventures of Augie March
1977: Vicente Aleixandre – Destruction or Love
1978: Isaac Bashevis Singer – Gimpel the Fool
1979: Odysseus Elytis – Worthy It Is
1980: Czeslaw Milosz – The Captive Mind
1981: Elias Canetti – Auto-da-Fé
1982: Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
1983: William Golding - Lord of the Flies
1984: Jaroslav Seifert – The Plague Column
1985: Claude Simon – The Flanders Road
1986: Wole Soyinka – A Dance of the Forests
1987: Joseph Brodsky – A Part of Speech
1988: Naguib Mahfouz – Adrift on the Nile
1989: Camilo José Cela – The Hive
1990: Octavio Paz – Collected Poems, 1957–1987
1991: Nadine Gordimer – The Conservationist
1992: Derek Walcott – Omeros
1993: Toni Morrison – Beloved
1994: Kenzaburo Oe – A Personal Matter
1995: Seamus Heaney – North
1996: Wislawa Szymborska – View with a Grain of Sand
1997: Dario Fo – Accidental Death of an Anarchist
1998: José Saramago - Baltasar and Blimunda; Blindness; Death at Intervals;The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
1999: Günter Grass – The Tin Drum
2000: Gao Xingjian – Soul Mountain
2001: V. S. Naipaul – A House for Mr. Biswas
2002: Imre Kertész – Fatelessness
2003: J. M. Coetzee – Disgrace
2004: Elfriede Jelinek – The Piano Teacher
2005: Harold Pinter – The Homecoming
2006: Orhan Pamuk – The Black Book; My Name Is Red
2007: Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook
2008: J. M. G. Le Clézio – The Interrogation
2009: Herta Müller – The Land of Green Plums
2010: Mario Vargas Llosa – The War of the End of the World
2011: Tomas Tranströmer – The Great Enigma

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1 comment:

  1. Hello there! Thanks for putting this on your blog. I am so humbled by it. Truth is, I feel that there aren't a lot of people who bother to read works of Nobel laureates, but with you spreading the word, my heart can't help leaping with hope and joy. :)


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