Nobel Prize Laureates: Who is Next?

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)

To know more about these Nobel Laureates click here .

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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.

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 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.


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 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?


26 thoughts on “Nobel Prize Laureates: Who is Next?

  1. Carol – It’s very interesting to speculate isn’t it on who will win. I’ll be very keen to know whether Nasrin is chosen…


    • I don’t think she’ll be chosen, not only is she too young but her literary repertoire is not large enough (although she did write poetry). However, it is her determination and beliefs that make her stand out.


  2. Taslima sounds like a wonderful contender for the Nobel Prize. Thankyou Carol for sharing about her courage and determination in life amidst her situation.


    • As I responded to Margot Kinberg’s comment, Taslima is still quite young and the body of her literary work might not be large enough, in spite of her published poetry. Still, I agree that in light of the world now we need courageous voices against terrorism.And Taslima is certainly one of them.
      Have a super weekend, Debby.

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  3. Nooo… I really liked this series. Looking forward to the next one. Also, I never knew the history behind the Nobel Prize. Thank you 🙂


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