Murakami, Munro, Alexievich are Nobel literature favourites
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - With just hours to go before the announcement of this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, most bets were still on Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.
Alice Munro of Canada and Belarussian Svetlana Alexievich were also given a fair chance of winning a prize that has historically been awarded to literary icons ranging from Rudyard Kipling to Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.
"We have decided," Swedish Academy permanent secretary Peter Englund wrote on his blog on Monday.
But nothing else will be known about the identity of the winner before it is announced on Thursday at 1100 GMT (7pm Singapore time), inside the historic halls of the Bourse building in central Stockholm.