Murakami seen leading Nobel literature race with no clear winner
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - In a year with no clear favourites, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the front-runner to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this week.
Murakami, known across the globe for works such as Norwegian Wood and 1Q84, heads the list at bookmaker Ladbrokes with 5/2 odds.
Also near the top of the Ladbrokes list is Canadian Alice Munro with odds of 4/1, and American Joyce Carol Oates with 8/1 odds.
Murakami has impressed the critics and won a mass readership with his intricately crafted tales of the absurdity and loneliness of modern life. His works, which are peppered with references to pop culture, have been translated to around 40 languages.