By Edward Nawotka
Peter Englund, the new permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy told the Associated Press that the Nobel Prize is too “Eurocentric,” noting that Europeans have won nine out of the last ten awards. The comments come just two days before the announcement, which is expected tomorrow. Could this bode well for Amoz Oz, the frontrunner? After all, Hillary Mantell won this year’s Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, and she beat the curse of being the frontrunner!
The film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson has already grossed more than $100 million at the worldwide box office, without even opening in Germany yet (where the book is a genuine phenomenon). Now, we hear from Variety that fans in the United States will get a chance to see the adaptation. The audience is there: the second book in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list when it was released this summer, the first translation to do so in 25 years.