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Wole Soyinka - a Nigerian hero, Nobel Prize winner, and writer extraordinaire. I met him in London once, and have admired how he has stayed engaged.

Wole Soyinka – a Nigerian hero, Nobel Prize winner, and writer extraordinaire. I met him in London once, and have admired how he has stayed engaged.

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul  (V. S Naipaul)---------- The Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 was awarded "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works ...

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (V. S Naipaul)---------- The Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 was awarded "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works .

Rabindranath Tagore (May 7, 1861 - August 7, 1941) Indian poet and writer (and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913).

Rabindrath Tagore (May 1861 - August Indian poet and writer (and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, The Nobel Prize in Literature 2008: "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization", prose

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2008 was awarded to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization".

Mario Vargas Llosa. Writer and Nobel Prize in Literature (2010).  He was born in Peru in 1936.

Meet the extraordinary Mario Vargas Llosa. He is a writer, essayist, journalist…

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn | Nobel Prize 1970:  For the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature | "If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" - The Gulag Archipelago

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, The Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature", prose

Selma Lagerløf (1858-1940)

Selma Lagerløf (1858-1940)

Herta Muller - Nobel Prize in Literature 2009 - born Romania, residence at time of award Germany - "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed"

HERTA MÜLLER - Nobel Prize in Literature 2009 - born Romania, residence at time of award Germany - "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed"

Saul Bellow, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1976: "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work", prose

Canadian-born American writer Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize in Literature in "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work.

Doris Lessing - Nobel Prize in Literature 2007 - "the epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny."

Doris Lessing – Nobel Prize in Literature 2007 – “the epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.

Mo Yan--------The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 was awarded to Mo Yan "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".

Mo Yan--------The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 was awarded to Mo Yan "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".

Nobel Prize 2010  Mario Vargas Llosa  : Without fictions we would be less aware of the importance of freedom for life to be livable, the hell it turns into when it is trampled underfoot by a tyrant, an ideology, or a religion.  Good literature erects bridges between different peoples, and by having us enjoy, suffer, or feel surprise, unites us beneath the languages, beliefs, habits, customs, and prejudices that separate us.

Mario Vargas Llosa - Nobel Prize in Literature 2010

Patrick Modiano (1945) - French novelist. Nobel Prize Literature 2014. Photo by Nicolas Hidiroglou, 2007

Patrick Modiano (French, Nobel Laureate in Literature Photo by Nicolas Hidiroglou, 2007

Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) - South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Nadine Gordimer - South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Hermann Hesse, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1946: "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style", prose

Hermann Hesse, The Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style", prose