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Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami nominated for alternative Nobel literature prize

  • Published at 05:46 pm August 31st, 2018
Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami
A collage of photos showing Haruki Murakami and Neil GaimanAFP

Superstar authors Gaiman and Murakami up for the alternative Nobel literature prize

After the Swedish Academy scandals and this year's cancellation of the Nobel prize for literature, a replacement award set up by a host of Swedish cultural figures has unveiled a shortlist that includes British fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman and Japanese literary superstar Haruki Murakami, reports The Guardian. 

The alternative Nobel follows the same schedule as the original award, but rather than a secretive and small panel selecting the winner, the New Academy – made up of more than 100 Swedish cultural figures – asked Sweden’s librarians for nominations.

Announcing their finalists, the New Academy said Gaiman is “a true superstar in the fantasy community”.

Gaiman tweeted that he was “thrilled” to be on the shortlist. 

Murakami, frequently a frontrunner for the Nobel prize for literature, is “one of our most celebrated authors and translators”, said the New Academy, whose work, which includes the novels Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.