Japanese famous writer Haruki Murakami received the most numerous votes from readers regarding his chances of winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, betting odds showed on Friday.
Murakami was nominated for many times at the prestigious international award and, according to the online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com, he has odds of 3-1 to win the medal for world’s most appreciated writer this year.
The Nobel Prizes will be announced in Sweden, by the Swedish Academy, next month, starting with October 7. The precise date of the Nobel Prize in Literature has not been set yet and will be announced later, following a tradition.
Murakami has been nominated for many years to the Nobel Prize in Literature. Despite his numerous and loyal fans all over the world, last year he lost out to China’s Mo Yan.
In the odds offered by Ladbrokes, Murakami is followed by the U.S. writer Joyce Carol Oates at 6-1. Peter Nadas from Hungary is the third favourite at 7-1, with South Korean Ko Un and Algerian Assia Djebar tied in fourth at 10-1, according to the international press.
Murakami’s most recent novel is called “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi (Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage)” and tells the story of a young man struggling with an ordeal in his past, who uses the support offered by a romance to get back on his feet.
Murakami’s works have been translated worldwide into more than 40 languages.