The Nobel Prize for Literature is a scandal all by itself

We all love a prize, and a scandal, and a chance to shake our heads when the great and good fall into disgrace. So for the past few weeks, the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, has offered excellent entertainment.

Instead of wondering whether this year's prize would finally go to Philip Roth, we had the excitement of asking whether it would be awarded at all. Last Friday, we got the answer: The academy will postpone the 2018 prize until next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'The Nobel Prize for Literature is a scandal all by itself'. Print Edition | Subscribe