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In 1895, Alfred Nobel specified that upon his death most of his wealth would fund a series of awards, which became known as the Nobel Prizes. He specifically set aside funds for “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Unlike other awards, this award recognizes a body of work, not a specific work.
The Swedish Academy traditionally announces each year’s award(s)—typically during the first or second week in October. Since its inception in 1901, 107 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded; in four years, prizes were shared by two authors. No prizes were awarded in seven years—primarily during World Wars I and II. The Swedish Academy received 259 proposals and winnowed the list to 198 nominations for the 2015 prize. The following were written by previous Nobel Laureates in Literature:
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In the dark places: an Inspector Banks novel by Peter Robinson
When DCI Banks and team are investigating a theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, a simple case of rural crime takes a sinister turn. Blood stains, two main suspects vanish without a trace, a stolen gun, a fatal shot, all events prove the investigation is taking on a frightening level of violence.
Robinson writes a great mystery and fans of Louise Penny, Stephen Booth, Ruth Rendell, and Charles Todd will enjoy!
Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein
Great book for anyone in collaborative decision making or management situations. Understandable and actionable, this book is about groups comprised of like-minded thinkers who often amplify, rather than correct, errors in judgment. They become more polarized and adopt more extreme positions than the ones they began with. Great suggestions on how to correct “group think,” and identify vulnerabilities in existing practices.
Anyone involved in making decisions would enjoy this book.
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power, by Paul Fischer
In this fascinating book, film producer Paul Fischer combines interviews, research, and first-hand investigation to tell the strange story of Kim Jong-Il’s kidnapping of South Korea’s leading director and his star actress ex-wife. Obsessed with film since he was a child, Kim Jong-Il used North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda to build his power within the regime, making the only movies that the isolated North Korean people were allowed to view. As Kim’s ambitions eclipsed his country’s limited filmmaking ability, he decided to recruit new talent—forcibly.
Choi Eun-Hee was South Korea’s biggest and most beloved star; Shin Sang-Ok, her director ex-husband, ran the largest film production company in South Korea. Kim kidnapped both in 1978, and after torturing Shin into compliance, the two began making films for North Korea’s captive audience. With success—their films played to packed theaters for months and won international awards—came the opportunity to escape via a chase straight out of a spy novel.
A must-read for anyone interested in the history and culture of North Korea.