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In a year with no clear favourites, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the front-runner to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this week.
STOCKHOLM: In a year with no clear favourites, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the front-runner to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this week.
Murakami, known across the globe for works such as "Norwegian Wood" and "1Q84", heads the list at bookmaker Ladbrokes with 5/2 odds.
Also near the top of the Ladbrokes list is Canadian Alice Munro with odds of 4/1, and American Joyce Carol Oates with 8/1 odds.
Murakami has impressed the critics and won a mass readership with his intricately crafted tales of the absurdity and loneliness of modern life. His works, which are peppered with references to pop culture, have been translated to around 40 languages.
Munro is a writer of short stories, a genre that has only rarely been recognised by the Nobel committee, while Oates can look back at a prolific career spanning five decades during which she has produced more than 40 novels as well as plays and poems.
However, there is little consensus about who will win the prize, worth US$1.25 million. Observers also point to Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich and Algerian Assia Djebar as possible laureates.
The winner's identity will be revealed at 11 GMT Thursday, taking place at the historic Bourse building in downtown Stockholm, will announce the winner of the world's top prize for literary excellence.
A total of 195 authors have been nominated, including 48 first timers.
The winner will receive the prize in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, who established the award.