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Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85

London - British author V.S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85.

Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85

London - Nobel prize-winning British author V.S. Naipaul has died at the age of 85, his family announced on Saturday.

For exiled novelist, Turkey 'like 1930s Germany'

Frankfurt Am Main - Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan, living in exile in Germany as she risks a life sentence on terror charges at home, thinks the writing is on the wall: her country is sliding into fascism.

A decade after death, Solzhenitsyn draws a blank with young Russians

Moscow - A decade after the hugely influential author's death, some young Russians admit to only a passing knowledge of Russian dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who won a Nobel Prize for chronicling the horrors of the Soviet Gulag.

Graphic novel longlisted for Booker Prize

London - A graphic novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction for the first time on Tuesday, with Nick Drnaso's novel "Sabrina" in contention for the prestigious award.

Book fair turns the page for literature in Somaliland

Hargeisa - Aged just 16, Abdishakur Mohamed confidently presented his latest work to the Hargeisa book fair, an event that has transformed Somaliland's literary scene over the past decade.

Frenchman at centre of Nobel scandal to face trial in September

Stockholm - The man at the centre of a sexual assault scandal that shook the Nobel Literature Prize giving body, which postponed this year's award, will go on trial in September on rape charges, a Swedish court said.

On the eve of freedom, a glimpse inside Liu Xia's flat

Bejing - Judging by her apartment on the eve of her departure from Beijing to Germany, Liu Xia seemed completely unaware of her impending freedom -- or perhaps unwilling to believe it.

Ancient tablet of Odyssey epic discovered in Greece

Atenas - An ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest

Stockholm - What do you do when this year's Nobel Literature Prize, the world's most prestigious accolade of its kind, is postponed because of a sexual assault scandal?You create your own award.

Oxford unveils UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

Oxford - The University of Oxford was set to unveil Friday a "once-in-a-generation" exhibition of materials related to "The Lord of the Rings" author J. R. R. Tolkien, featuring previously unseen objects from several countries.

Nobel Foundation says literature prize may be delayed again

Stockholm - The Nobel Foundation on Friday said this year's literature prize, already postponed until 2019 due to a sexual assault scandal, may be delayed further.

Mourning Philip Roth fans bitter over long-standing Nobel snub

Stockholm - The death of America's prolific novelist Philip Roth aged 85 has led to his admirers scorning the Nobel Literature Prize that eluded his work, which often portrayed male sexuality and relations with women.

American literary giant Philip Roth dead at 85

New York - Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85.

Giant of American literature, Philip Roth, dead at 85

New York - Philip Roth, a giant of US literature whose work explored what it meant to be American, male and Jewish, was a towering figure among 20th century novelists whose five-decade career won him legions of awards around the world.

World authors urge China to free Nobel dissident's widow

Bejing - Dozens of the world's leading writers and artists, from Michael Chabon to Paul Auster and Khaled Hosseini, called on China Wednesday to release the widow of dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and let her seek medical treatment abroad.

Tom Wolfe, author of 'The Right Stuff', dies at 88

New York - Author Tom Wolfe, the acerbic chronicler of American society known for best-selling books "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities," has died at the age of 88.

No Nobel Literature Prize after #MeToo turmoil

Stockholm - For the first time in almost 70 years there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year, after the Swedish Academy that selects the laureate failed to contain a deep crisis stemming from the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo campaign.

2018 Nobel Literature Prize's fate to be announced Friday

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy is to announce on Friday whether or not it may postpone the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, its administrative director has said, after it plunged into a crisis over links to a man accused of sexual assault.

Nobel Literature Prize for 2018 in doubt after crisis

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, plunged into crisis over allegations of rape and sexual assault by the husband of one its members, may postpone the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, Swedish Radio reported on Wednesday."We're thinking about it.

Nobel literature academy gets new head after sex assault claims

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, appointed a new head Friday after a crippling crisis triggered by allegations of sexual assault against the husband of one of its members.

New head for Swedish Nobel body after sex scandal

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, appointed a new head Friday as a sexual harrassment scandal rocked the prestigious institution.

Independent publishers vie for Man Booker International Prize

London - Independent publishers dominated the shortlist for Britain's Man Booker International Prize, announced on Thursday, celebrating translated works of fiction spanning the globe.

Swedish Academy in crisis as head resigns

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, was plunged into crisis on Thursday after two of its members, including its head Sara Danius, resigned Thursday, amid a growing crisis over a high-profile man accused of sexual assaults.

Man Booker reverts author's nationality to 'Taiwan' after outcry

Taipei - The Man Booker International Prize has reversed a move to change a Taiwanese author's nationality to "Taiwan, China", after the literary award was criticised for bowing to pressure from Beijing.

New York's Morgan Library receives major James Joyce collection

New York - One of the foremost private collections of works by the influential Irish writer James Joyce has been donated to New York's Morgan Library and Museum.

S. Korea abuse MP quits as poet's exhibition dismantled

Seoul - A South Korean member of parliament resigned Monday after being accused of sex abuse, the latest target of a spreading #MeToo campaign in the country, as an exhibition to an accused poet was dismantled.

Jung Chang among leading authors blocked from Macau literature festival

Fpo - Three writers -- including bestselling "Wild Swans" author Jung Chang -- will no longer attend the Macau Literary Festival after authorities there said they were likely to be barred, the latest sign of Beijing's hardening line across its territories.

French publisher determined to reprint Celine's anti-Semitic rants

Paris - The head of France's most prestigious publishing house said Sunday he still wanted to reprint a collection of violently anti-Semitic pamphlets by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.

Sarajevo decides against honouring Turkish author Pamuk

Sarajevo - Sarajevo has dropped plans to proclaim Turkish Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk an honorary citizen of the Bosnian capital, a move the opposition claimed was done out of fear of offending Turkey's president.
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