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Haruki Murakami Has 10/1 Odds to Win Nobel Prize

award.jpgAs literary types speculate about this year’s nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature before the official announcement, UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the prestigious prize.

According to the betting site Ladbrokes, Japan’s Haruki Murakami has 10/1 odds, Cormac McCarthy and Philip Roth both have 16/1 odds and Alice Munro has 20/1 odds. Who will you place your bet on?

As always, Michael Orthofer has more information about the Nobel odds at Literary Saloon: “Bob Dylan makes the list, at 33/1 (I understand why: it’s easy money for them — anyone who bets on Dylan is basically just handing the money over to them, zero risk to Ladbrokes — but it’s still disappointing). Last year, the opening-day favorites were Adonis at 4/1 and eventual laureate Tomas Transtromer at 9/2 (yes, he was an early strong favorite — something to keep in mind).” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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