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What is the Nobel Prize for Literature?

The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to one author every year who demonstrates exceptional literary merit. To see past winners and learn more about the prize, visit the website here.

2018 - Olga Takarczuk

2017 - Kazuo Ishiguro

2016 - Bob Dylan

Cited for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

2015 - Svetlana Alexievich

"For her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time"

2014 - Patrick Modiano

"For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation"

2013 - Alice Munro

"Master of the contemporary short story"

2012 - Mo Yan

"Who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary"

2011 - Tomas Tranströmer

"Because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality"

2010 - Mario Vargas Llosa

"For his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat"

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2008 - Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio

"Author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization"

2007 - Doris Lessing

"That epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"

Past Laureates

2006 - Orhan Pamuk

"Who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures"

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2005 - Harold Pinter

"Who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms"

2004 - Elfriede Jelinek

"For her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power"