Fourteen women have so far won the Nobel Prize for Literature. They are:
1909: Selma Lagertof (Sweden)
1926: Grazia Deledda (Italy)
1928: Sigrid Undset (Denmark)
1938: Pearl. S. Buck (USA)
1945: Gabriela Mistral (Chile)
1966: Nelly Suchs (Germany)
1991: Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)
1993: Toni Morrison (USA)
1996: Wistawa Szymborska (Poland)
2004: Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)
2007: Doris Lessing (Iran)
2009: Herta Muller (Romania)
2013: Alice Munro (Canada)
2015: Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus)
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In his will, Alfred Nobel stated that his entire remaining estate should be used to endow “prizes to those who, during the previous year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.”
In light of this, my choice for the next Female Nobel Prize for Literature is Taslima Nasrin, a writer from Bangladesh.
Her novel Lajja (1993) is a protest against torture, religious extremism and terrorism by Muslim fundamentalists.
Born into a Muslim family, Taslima was banned from Bangladesh and The Council of Islamic Soldiers, an Islamic Fundamentalist group issued a fatwa against her and set a price on her head.
Taslima Nasrin has been living in exile since 1994.
At 52 she is perhaps still too young to win the Nobel Prize but in the future, if not her, I hope that The Nobel Committee will see fit to award the prize to a writer who has risked her life against the inhumane violence of terrorism.
“what may come,i’ll never be silenced”-Taslima Nasrin
For more on Taslima Nasrin visit her website and blog
Who is your choice for the next female Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature?