Friday, February 8, 2013

Lit-Rally Speaking

“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.” 
                                                                                                                              ― Jeanette Winterson.

Literature is one of the ways I know to stay true and keep my inner child alive. It's my first love, first passion, first ambition and first sense of direction I ever had. As a child, I was sold; separating myself to handwrite books, magazines for kids my age and by the age of 10, I started my own reading club, gathering my classmates during recess. All this was before my mum told me I was smart enough to be a doctor and channeled my mindset and energy towards practising medicine. Few years down the line, I would wind up in the Sciences and eventually develop more than a liking, a degree and a career in Engineering. But through it all, I kept my 'Lit-thing' going.
Beyond new year's resolutions, I'm doing a lot more reading this year. I'm expanding the walls of my knowledge, my intellect, my library and my Amazon wishlist, waiting to be fulfilled hereYea, to (good Samaritans) whom it may concern :)
Only weeks ago, I picked up V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas and decided to read more works from Nobel Laureates. My style hasn't changed: good ol' paperbacks, hardcovers, and less of digital formats. It requires a level of discipline to give reviews of reading matter when done reading. I'm checking this list in no particular order and without an achieve-by date. In total, it's 106 ... and counting. If you have read all or any, have a review, I think it would be good to share.

Nobel Laureates in Literature
·         2012 - Mo Yan
·         2011 - Tomas Tranströmer
·         2010 - Mario Vargas Llosa
·         2009 - Herta Müller
·         2008 - Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
·         2007 - Doris Lessing
·         2006 - Orhan Pamuk
·         2005 - Harold Pinter
·         2004 - Elfriede Jelinek
·         2003 - J. M. Coetzee
·         2002 - Imre Kertész
·         2001 - V. S. Naipaul
·         2000 - Gao Xingjian
·         1999 - Günter Grass
·         1998 - José Saramago
·         1997 - Dario Fo
·         1996 - Wislawa Szymborska
·         1995 - Seamus Heaney
·         1994 - Kenzaburo Oe
·         1993 - Toni Morrison
·         1992 - Derek Walcott
·         1991 - Nadine Gordimer
·         1990 - Octavio Paz
·         1989 - Camilo José Cela
·         1988 - Naguib Mahfouz
·         1987 - Joseph Brodsky
·         1986 - Wole Soyinka
·         1985 - Claude Simon
·         1984 - Jaroslav Seifert
·         1983 - William Golding
·         1982 - Gabriel García Márquez
·         1981 - Elias Canetti
·         1980 - Czeslaw Milosz
·         1979 - Odysseus Elytis
·         1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
·         1977 - Vicente Aleixandre
·         1976 - Saul Bellow
·         1975 - Eugenio Montale
·         1974 - Eyvind Johnson, Harry Martinson
·         1973 - Patrick White
·         1972 - Heinrich Böll
·         1971 - Pablo Neruda
·         1970 - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
·         1969 - Samuel Beckett
·         1968 - Yasunari Kawabata
·         1967 - Miguel Angel Asturias
·         1966 - Shmuel Agnon, Nelly Sachs
·         1965 - Mikhail Sholokhov
·         1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre
·         1963 - Giorgos Seferis
·         1962 - John Steinbeck
·         1961 - Ivo Andric
·         1960 - Saint-John Perse
·         1959 - Salvatore Quasimodo
·         1958 - Boris Pasternak
·         1957 - Albert Camus
·         1956 - Juan Ramón Jiménez
·         1955 - Halldór Laxness
·         1954 - Ernest Hemingway
·         1953 - Winston Churchill
·         1952 - François Mauriac
·         1951 - Pär Lagerkvist
·         1950 - Bertrand Russell
·         1949 - William Faulkner
·         1948 - T.S. Eliot
·         1947 - André Gide
·         1946 - Hermann Hesse
·         1945 - Gabriela Mistral
·         1944 - Johannes V. Jensen
·         1943 - 1940: No Nobel Prize awarded this period
·         1939 - Frans Eemil Sillanpää
·         1938 - Pearl Buck
·         1937 - Roger Martin du Gard
·         1936 - Eugene O'Neill
·         1935 - No Nobel Prize awarded this period
·         1934 - Luigi Pirandello
·         1933 - Ivan Bunin
·         1932 - John Galsworthy
·         1931 - Erik Axel Karlfeldt
·         1930 - Sinclair Lewis
·         1929 - Thomas Mann
·         1928 - Sigrid Undset
·         1927 - Henri Bergson
·         1926 - Grazia Deledda
·         1925 - George Bernard Shaw
·         1924 - Wladyslaw Reymont
·         1923 - William Butler Yeats
·         1922 - Jacinto Benavente
·         1921 - Anatole France
·         1920 - Knut Hamsun
·         1919 - Carl Spitteler
·         1918 - No Nobel Prize awarded this year
·         1917 - Karl Gjellerup, Henrik Pontoppidan
·         1916 - Verner von Heidenstam
·         1915 - Romain Rolland
·         1914 - No Nobel Prize awarded this year
·         1913 - Rabindranath Tagore
·         1912 - Gerhart Hauptmann
·         1911 - Maurice Maeterlinck
·         1910 - Paul Heyse
·         1909 - Selma Lagerlöf
·         1908 - Rudolf Eucken
·         1907 - Rudyard Kipling
·         1906 - Giosuè Carducci
·         1905 - Henryk Sienkiewicz
·         1904 - Frédéric Mistral, José Echegaray
·         1903 - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
·         1902 - Theodor Mommsen
·        1901 - Sully Prudhomme

List culled from The Nobel Prize website

5 comments:

lifeofadeoluowokade said...

I sometimes find it difficult to read stuff on "weird" subjects like this but it helps one to be vast *sigh* i'm torn...lol

MissBalance said...

You're right Deolu, 'vast' is the right word. It's worth finding when searching for enlightenment.

seye said...

Oh wow! YOu have all those books???????????????
I knew i shouldn't have come to your blog.


I knew I shouldn't have come to your blog. Anyways,I have Other COlors by Orhan Pamuk.

MissBalance said...

Lol! Seye, I don't have all of them.

Douglas said...

Now that is a massive, massive list you've got there...
I just can't bring myself to read these sort of works, must be a complex thing because I absolutely feel overawed like a mite in the midst of giants.