Nobel Prize in Literature
one of five prizes established by Alfred Nobel
Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction".
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- The fact is that the Swedish Academy lacks the linguistic competence needed for a truly international jury, which is not surprising. Perhaps only three or four of the greatest universities in the world have such resources. Unprepared to read fluently and directly in major and populous languages such as Chinese, Arabic, or Hindi, not to mention minor ones, the Nobel committee is overly dependent on translations, whose occurrence and quality are notoriously capricious.
- Burton Feldman (3 October 2001). The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige. Arcade Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-55970-592-9.