“The Piano Teacher” – a novel of lust and domination written in the biting style that, in the Swedish Academy’s description, reveals “the absurdity of society’s clichés and their subjugating power” – was No. 1,163,804 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings early Thursday, according to The Associated Press. By Friday, it had climbed to No. 9.
Oh, what a Nobel Prize will do to your sales!
Austrian novelist and playwright Elfriede Jelinek was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature.
I am told that one of the criteria for the Nobel Prize in Literature, apart from the quality of the means of expression, is that that the works of the writer should be of “benefit to mankind”. (Nadine Gordimer in When Art Meets Politics).
Thirteen novels. Over two hundred short stories. Several volumes of essays. Awarded fifteen honorary doctorates. Booker Prize winner in 1974 for The Conservationist.
Nobel Prize recipient in 1991.
Born in South Africa, Nadine Gordimer devoted most of her writing career to benefit mankind through her anti-apartheid writings. In one of her early essays in Telling Times Gordimer defines apartheid from both white and black perspectives.