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Name Nobel Honor Place of birth Profession Article Date of birth Image Works written
Subject Area Notes/Description Year
  • "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization"
  • 2008
  • 4/13/1940
  • "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"
  • 2007
  • 10/22/1919
  • "who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures"
  • 2006
  • 6/7/1952
  • "who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms"
  • 2005
  • 10/10/1930
  • "for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power"
  • 2004
  • 10/20/1946
  • "who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider"
  • 2003
  • 2/9/1940
  • "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history"
  • 2002
  • 11/9/1929
  • "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories"
  • 2001
  • 8/17/1932
  • "for an œuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama"
  • 2000
  • 1/4/1940
  • "whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history"
  • 1999
  • 10/16/1927
  • "who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality"
  • 1998
  • 11/16/1922
  • "who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden"
  • 1997
  • 3/24/1926
  • "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality"
  • 1996
  • 7/2/1923
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  • for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality
  • 1996
  • "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past"
  • 1995
  • 4/13/1939
  • "who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today"
  • 1994
  • 1/31/1935
  • "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality"
  • 1993
  • 2/18/1931
  • "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment"
  • 1992
  • 1/23/1930
  • "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"
  • 1991
  • 11/20/1923
  • "for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity"
  • 1990
  • 3/31/1914
  • "for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's vulnerability"
  • 1989
  • 5/11/1916
  • "who, through works rich in nuance - now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous - has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind"
  • 1988
  • 12/11/1911
  • "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity"
  • 1987
  • 5/24/1940
  • "who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence"
  • 1986
  • 7/13/1934
  • "who in his novel combines the poet's and the painter's creativeness with a deepened awareness of time in the depiction of the human condition"
  • 1985
  • 10/10/1913
  • "for his poetry which endowed with freshness, sensuality and rich inventiveness provides a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and versatility of man"
  • 1984
  • 9/23/1901
  • "for his novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and universality of myth, illuminate the human condition in the world of today"
  • 1983
  • 9/19/1911
  • "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts"
  • 1982
  • 3/6/1927
  • "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power"
  • 1981
  • 7/25/1905
  • "who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts"
  • 1980
  • 6/30/1911
  • "for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness"
  • 1979
  • 11/2/1911
  • "for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life"
  • 1978
  • 11/21/1902
  • "for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry beween the wars"
  • 1977
  • 4/26/1898
  • "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work"
  • 1976
  • 6/10/1915
  • "for his distinctive poetry which, with great artistic sensitivity, has interpreted human values under the sign of an outlook on life with no illusions"
  • 1975
  • 10/12/1896
  • "for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom"
  • 1974
  • 7/29/1900
  • "for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos"
  • 1974
  • 5/6/1904
  • "for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature"
  • 1973
  • 5/28/1912
  • "for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature"
  • 1972
  • 12/21/1917
  • "for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams"
  • 1971
  • 7/12/1904
  • "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature"
  • 1970
  • 12/11/1918
  • "for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation"
  • 1969
  • 4/13/1906
  • "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind"
  • 1968
  • 6/14/1899
  • "for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America"
  • 1967
  • 10/19/1899
  • "for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people"
  • 1966
  • 7/17/1888
  • "for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength"
  • 1966
  • 12/10/1891
  • "for the artistic power and integrity with which, in his epic of the Don, he has given expression to a historic phase in the life of the Russian people"
  • 1965
  • 5/24/1905
  • "for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture."
  • 1963
  • 3/13/1900
  • for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception
  • 1962
  • 2/27/1902
  • "for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country"
  • 1961
  • 10/9/1892
  • "for the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time"
  • 1960
  • 5/31/1887
  • "for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times"
  • 1959
  • 8/20/1901
  • "for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition"
  • 1958
  • 2/10/1890
  • "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times"
  • 1957
  • 11/7/1913
  • "for his lyrical poetry, which in Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity"
  • 1956
  • 12/23/1881
  • "for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland"
  • 1955
  • 4/23/1902
  • "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style"
  • 1954
  • 7/21/1899
  • "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values"
  • 1953
  • 11/30/1874
  • "for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life"
  • 1952
  • 10/11/1885
  • "for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind"
  • 1951
  • 5/23/1891
  • "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought"
  • 1950
  • 5/18/1872
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