Nobel folks fought over Beckett

Turns out not everyone agreed with giving the prize to a guy they thought held contempt for humanity. In fairness, they weren’t wrong. But I see that as a plus for liking him rather than a minus.

But with Nobel archives being made public only after five decades, documents have now revealed there were major disagreements within the Swedish Academy over the choice of the Waiting for Godot author. According to Svenska Dagbladet, the split was between Beckett and French writer André Malraux, with other nominations including Simone de Beauvoir, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda and Graham Greene.

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