Nobel prize for literature to be awarded twice after sexual assault scandal

Atwood and Murakami among favourites for prize as academy tries to rebuild its reputation

The Nobel prize for literature will be awarded on Thursday – twice, after the Swedish body that selects the laureates was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal and forced to postpone the 2018 ceremony.

Among the favourites are the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, and the poet Anne Carson, both from Canada, the novelist Maryse Condé from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the Japanese author Haruki Murakami and the Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.

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