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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More fuss from the Nobel sector

Horace Engdahl Resigns After Ten Years as Secretary of the Swedish Academy

Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary of the Nobel Prize-distributing Swedish Academy, has just announced that he will leave his post in June. A couple of months ago, I posted a report that Engdahl had dismissed American literature in a couple of impolite sentences: "The U.S. is too isolated, too insular ... They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature."

Have the chickens come home to roost?

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