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Nobel Prize in Literature 2018

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993 was awarded to Toni Morrison, one of the most powerful storytellers of our time, “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Which writer do you think will receive the literature prize this year? On Thursday 7 October the literature prize will be announced – stay tuned to hear the news first!
Morrison Nobel Banquet speech

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Literature prize Q&A

Can anybody be nominated? What criteria do you use? We spoke to Ellen Mattson, who helps to decide the Nobel Prize in Literature, about how the prize process works.
Ellen Mattsson

Writer Ellen Mattson

Photographer: Rickard L Eriksson

Who wrote what?

Featured Nobel Prize laureates in literature

Nobel Prize in Literature 1970
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s Nobel Prize lecture, in which he first coined the term “Gulag Archipelago”, was smuggled out of the USSR on photographic film hidden in the back of a transistor radio. Read a firsthand account of this story from the cold war written by the courier himself. Solzhenitsyn didn’t arrive in Stockholm to receive the prize until four years later, after he had been expelled from the Soviet Union.
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Nobel Prize in Literature 1991
When asked about her most valuable words of advice, Nadine Gordimer, answered: “Boringly, I always repeat; read, read, read, and don’t read the book coming in a stream of words on a screen, don’t depend on that, which you now have in your car and on your, god knows, your cell phone and everything. Please, just go to the library and read.”
Nadine Gordimer

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Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
“An Ishiguro story is like a mix of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka. This may sound odd. Strictly speaking, it should be impossible. But Ishiguro shows that it works. It works well indeed.”
This is how Kasuo Ishiguro’s literature was described during the 2017 Nobel Prize award ceremony. Get a taster of his writing here.
Portrait of Kazuo Ishiguro. Photo: Jeff Cottenden.

Portrait of Kazuo Ishiguro.

Photo: Jeff Cottenden

The Nobel Prize call

I think it's a shock

Surprised, overwhelmed, terrified, happy. How would you react if you suddenly heard that you had been awarded the Nobel Prize? Here, six laureates share their stories.

More about the ‘Nobel Prize call’

Nobel Prize telephone interviews


Nobel Week 2021 takes place on 6–12 December in Stockholm and Oslo. This year’s festivities will be a mixture of digital and physical events. Many of the events will be streamed and possible to follow online.
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Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm City Hall, 10 December 2020.

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Nobel Prize announcements

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements will take place 4-11 October. See the full schedule.

All the announcements will be streamed live here at
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Explore prizes and laureates

Between 1901 and 2020, the Nobel Prizes and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel were awarded 603 times to 962 people and organizations. See the full list here.
The 2009 Nobel Laureates stand for the Swedish national anthem

The 2009 Nobel Prize laureates

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Questions and answers

Do you have questions about the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Prize laureates? Find answers to the most commonly asked questions in the FAQ.

Explore and learn

Watch the documentary series

A team of female Yazidi deminers in Iraq attempting to clear their land of mines left behind by ISIS. A team of scientists on an extraordinary mission in Mozambique to help better our understanding of climate change. A man building prosthetic legs to help victims of war walk again in South Sudan … All are inspired by Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
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Nobel Prize nominations

In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel specifically designated the institutions responsible for the prizes he wished to be established.

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1930
Learn more about blood groups in the blood typing game! The game helps you understand how blood groups work.
Blood typing game
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1904
In this game you can train a dog to drool on command! It’s all about conditioned learning.
Pavlov's Dog Game

Nobel Prize Concert 2021

Acclaimed Argentina-born cellist Sol Gabetta will be performing at this year’s Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December.

The Nobel Prize Concert is an annual concert which is part of the Nobel Week official programme celebrating that year’s Nobel Prize laureates.
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Cellist Sol Gabetta

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Coming up

Nobel Prizes 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

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Alfred Nobel – Established the Nobel Prize

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris, France. The Swedish dynamite millionaire, who thought that his invention would end all wars, had now realised that it was a very deadly product. Wanting to make amends, he did what no man of such wealth had done before …

Alfred Nobel Will

On 10 December 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded, in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Read more about the first prizes.

The first Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was held in 1901 at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.

What are you looking for? Search the website.

Nobel destinations

Stockholm, Sweden
The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)

The museum showcases the discoveries and creativity of the Nobel Laureates.

Photo: Åke Eson Lindman

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The story of each Peace Laureate is told at the museum.

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

In memoriam

Physics Laureate Antony Hewish passed away on 13 September, aged 97. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1974 for his pioneering research in radio astrophysics and the studies that led to detecting pulsars.

Edmond H. Fischer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1992 for discoveries concerning reversible phosphorylation, opening up novel insight into basic protein regulations in cells. He passed away on 27 August.

Edmond Fischer
Toshihide Maskawa passed away on 23 July 2021. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2008 for “the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature.”

Steven Weinberg passed away on 23 July at the age of 88. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1979 “for contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.”