Posted on October 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday, and while no contenders are ever made public, there’s plenty of speculation about who might win.

The Guardian reports that bettors have placed money on Maryse Condé, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Haruki Murakami, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and Margaret Atwood, while observers have pointed to Jamaica Kincaid and Anne Carson as possible winners.

One commonality in the predictions? A safer choice than 2019’s winner, Peter Handke.

The selection of Handke drew considerable criticism after his past denial of the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian conflict and his support of convicted war criminal Slobodan Milošević became more widely covered.

Two members of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize, acknowledged that the writer had “definitely made provocative, inappropriate and unclear statements on political issues” but that his work did no such thing.

For more on the presumed safe picks for the 2020 Nobel, head over to the Guardian.

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