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Pablo Neruda death probe finds cancer didn't kill him

Santiago - International experts announced Friday that Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer, but could not conclusively determine if he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime.

Ingmar Bergman's anguish back in spotlight for centenary

Stockholm - Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman, whose tales of anguished love and loneliness made him one of the 20th century's leading directors, is back in the spotlight with a series of events to mark the centenary of his birth.

Harry Potter showcased with bones and cauldrons in London

London - The British Library has conjured to life the magical world of Harry Potter in a new exhibition featuring the oldest objects in its collection alongside never-seen items from J.K. Rowling's personal archive.

Sequel to Mandela's 'Long Walk' autobiography launched

Johanesburg - The sequel to Nelson Mandela's celebrated autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be published Thursday after his unfinished, hand-written draft was completed by a South African novelist.

Writer Margaret Atwood gets 2017 Kafka award

Prague - Canadian poet, critic and novelist Margaret Atwood received this year's international Franz Kafka literary prize at a ceremony in Prague on Tuesday, which honoured the lifetime achievements of "The Handmaid's Tale" author.

Russia is not Putin's says Pussy Riot's Alekhina

Paris - Ask Pussy Riot's Maria Alekhina what life is like in Vladimir Putin's Russia and you get a rapid-fire response. "It is not Putin's Russia," she declared. "It's my Russia.

Demand surges for Nobel winner's works in native Japan: publisher

Toukyo - The Japanese publisher of Nagasaki-born Kazuo Ishiguro said Friday it would republish eight of the British author's books in translation, reporting "a huge number of orders" after he won the Nobel Literature Prize.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Social worker turned Nobel Prize Winner

London - Kazuo Ishiguro, the 62-year-old British novelist of Japanese origin who won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, once wanted to be a rock star, then became a social worker and only later in life turned to writing.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Social worker turned Nobel Prize Winner

London - Kazuo Ishiguro, the 62-year-old British writer of Japanese origin who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, is one of the country's most successful, yet lesser-known, novelists.

'Remains of the Day' author Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day" and whose emotional uprooting from his native Japan has left an indelible stamp on his work, won the 2017 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday.

British author Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel "The Remains of the Day", won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.

French New Wave star Wiazemsky dies aged 70

Paris - The French writer and actress Anne Wiazemsky, who famously wrote a best-selling account of her short marriage to New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, died of cancer in Paris on Thursday, her family said."Anne died this morning.

After Dylan's Nobel, Academy seen making conventional pick

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy stunned the world last year when it awarded the Nobel Literature Prize to US counter-culture icon and rock star Bob Dylan. This year, experts say, the laureate will be more conventional.

Post-Dylan dilemma for Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - Who will win the 2017 Nobel Literature Prize, after Bob Dylan last year? The Swedish Academy likes to stun the world with its pick, but, wary of its reputation, it is seen going with a more traditional choice this year.

Nobel Literature Prize: controversy, fame and flops

Paris - Ahead of the announcement Thursday of this year's Nobel Literature Prize laureate, here is a look at some of the controversies down the years since the prestigious title was first awarded in 1901.

Nobel Literature Prize to be announced on Thursday

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy will announce the Nobel Literature Prize laureate on Thursday, it said, turning the page on last year's shock pick of Bob Dylan which divided the literary world.

Paul Auster tops shortlist for Man Booker prize

London - US author Paul Auster tops the shortlist for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize published Wednesday, one of six books that organisers said "collectively push against the borders of convention".

On the banks of the Tigris, a refuge for Iraqi readers

Baghdad - Sitting in the green grass under a bright Baghdad sun, Iraqi men and women bury their heads in romance novels, essay collections and volumes of poetry.

Spymaster George Smiley returns in new Le Carre novel

London - The famous spy duo of author John le Carre and his protagonist George Smiley are back for new adventures on Thursday with a novel harking back to the Cold War but carrying an anti-Brexit message.

'Obscene' S. Korea novelist dead in suspected suicide: police

Seoul - An avant-garde South Korean novelist whose 1990s prosecution on obscenity charges prompted comparisons between his work and Lady Chatterley's Lover was found dead on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police said.

Books to go: bringing literature to refugees stuck in Greece

Atenas - The brightly coloured minivan that pulls into Athens' food market, drawing a group of refugees around it, is not carrying something edible.The contents -- hundreds of books -- are there to satisfy a different sort of hunger.

Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

Kuala Lumpur - Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism.

Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

Kuala Lumpur - Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism.

Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

Kuala Lumpur - Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism.

Britain unveils Jane Austen bank note on anniversary

Winchester - The Bank of England on Tuesday unveiled a new bank note featuring Jane Austen to coincide with the author's death 200 years ago after a campaign to include more women on Britain's currency.The new note worth ten pounds ($13, 11.

Surf epic is escapist bestseller for Trump's America

Paris - William Finnegan tested the patience of his publisher in the 20 years it took him to write his remarkable memoir of his lifelong obsession with surfing, "Barbarian Days".

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

London - British children's writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said on Wednesday.

Kenya's Ngugi dumps Swedish book fair over far-right newspaper

Stockholm - Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong'o, often tipped for the Nobel literature prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of a right-wing extremist newspaper, his publisher said Wednesday.

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

London - British children's writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved fictional character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said on Wednesday.

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Oslo - Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.
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