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Off Topic: How can one judge the Nobel prize of literature

yelcab

San carlos, US
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yelcab Registered since 30th Nov 2006
Fri 12-Oct-12 04:21 PM

So, Mo Yan a Chinese writer won the Nobel prize of literature. That brings me to a question that I have been meaning to ask for a long time.

Literature (like Poetry, novel, short story, plays) is written in a native language with all its rhymes, rythm, subtleties, humor, and cultural influence, as well as language specific double plays. These things have to be enjoyed in the native language and cannot be translated into other languages. When languages are similar enough, some translation works (Italian into Spanish). But Chinese into Italian or English, while the literal meaning can be mostly preserved, the subtleties and double plays and even humor are lost.

So, how could a Nobel committee judge and decide that one writer's body of work in a native language is better and more deserving than another writer's body of work in another language altogether? Even a committee of multi-language persons would have problem coming up with a standard.

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