The usual speculation over this year’s Obooki Prize winner has heated up over the last few days (which is odd on the whole, since there’s almost three months left till it’s awarded). The lack of obvious candidates (Larry Niven and Álvaro Mutis, so far – with Antonio Tabucchi clearly not in the running at all) has led many to suspect the prize might be snatched at the last minute by a dark horse – which will hardly come as a surpise to Obooki Prize watchers since a dark horse has snatched the Obooki Prize every year since its inception.
Obooki notes himself that no Nobel Prize winner has ever gone on to win the Obooki Prize – though he admits to be reading a book by Kenzaburo Oe, whom he has observed is still alive and which he is apparently enjoying. Could this be Oe’s year? – No, probably not, otherwise we wouldn’t have mentioned him. – Perhaps the prize won’t be awarded at all: there’s always that provision.
Of all the books being read at the moment, only two are by living writers. (Hmm, I wonder what the other one is? Not someone you’ll find even mentioned in connection with the Nobel (or, at least, I never have)).