Yassar Arafat - leader of the PLO - wins the peace prize years ago, Al Gore wins it for making a fact-challenged GW movie designed to enrich his own pockets, then of course, the biggest head scratcher of all, Obama wins it after a very short time in office before he unpacked all his boxes and booted his computer...and now the EU.What an absolute corrupted mess driven by politics.The Nobel Literature Prize is, too, to a large extent:The Nobel Prize for Political Literaturehttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044479990457805...Some splendid writers have won the Nobel Prize in Literature — W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Mann, William Faulkner, Boris Pasternak, S.Y. Agnon — but so many of the prizewinners are now entirely forgotten. A number of other winners were never regarded as quite first-rate in their own national literature — to consider only the United States: Pearl Buck, John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis — let alone as figures in the grander category of world literature, on which winning the Nobel Prize is supposed to set the seal.The Nobel Prize in Literature, like the Nobel Peace Prize, has too often been given out of political motives. For a time it went to Soviet dissidents: Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitzyn, and Joseph Brodsky. In more recent years, the prize has gone to Marxisant writers, especially those with a grudge against the U.S., among them Günter Grass, Dario Fo, José Saramago.The reason so many obscure writers win the Nobel Prize in Literature is largely owing to what one assumes has been the geopolitical impulses of the Nobel Committee. Time, its members must feel, to give the award to an East Indian, a Latin American, an Icelander. _____________________Sounds like Affirmative Action at work. Among those greats who were alive since the lit prize began but somehow never won: Leo Tolstoy, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, Henrik Ibsen, Marcel Proust, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, Jorge Luis Borges and Vladimir Nabokov. Not to mention Robert Ludlum.--fleg
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