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Name the Nobel Prize-Winning author:

1. In this popular novel, later made into film, an unnamed country is stricken with a mysterious plague of "white blindness."

José Saramago

2. Most readers best know this author for his novel featuring a character who vows never to grow up, and indeed stops growing at age three.

Günter  Grass  

3. He adapted his best known plays to film, as well as writing screenplays based on other writers’ works.  Also known for his activist politics, he once called Tony Blair a “deluded idiot.”

Harold Pinter

4. Many of his earlier works feature an unreal Arcadian setting, cut off from the rest of the country, full of grotesque characters, and depicting pairs of brothers.

Kenzaburō Ōe

5.  One of this author’s most widely read novels was adapted to film, starring John Malkovich.

J.M. Coetzee

6. Her oeuvre is huge and even includes a cycle of science fiction novels.      

Doris Lessing

7. Like George Orwell, he fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War until he became disillusioned and went on to write highly critical pieces on totalitarianism and Stalin. 

Octavio Paz


8. This author, too, fought in the Spanish Civil War, but on the side of Franco, to whom he remained loyal, going on to become a state censor (though some of his own work was censored), and a spy for the Spanish Gestapo. His best known work contains more than 300 characters.

Camilo José Cela


9.  She took us into the heart of pre-Civil Rights America.

Toni Morrison



Human beings suffer,
they torture one another,
they get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
can fully right a wrong
inflicted or endured.
Seamus Heaney


11.  His most recent novel portrays a man obsessed with collecting the artifacts    of his relationship with a young, lower-class shop keeper whom he objectifies.

Orhan Pamuk

12. In one of this author’s more recent novels, a mixed-race relationship between a  well-off white woman and an illegal black car mechanic from some unnamed Arab country works to highlight themes of displacement, economic exile, and migration.

Nadine Gordimer



My dear Telemachus
The Trojan War
is over now;  I don’t recall who won it.
The Greeks, no doubt, for only they would leave
so many dead so far from their own homeland.
But still, my homeward way has proved too long.
While we were wasting time there, old Poseidon,
it almost seems, stretched and extended space.

Joseph Brodsky

14. In one of his best-known novels, a line written on a woman’s body will cause her death: Esta cuca es mía.

Gabriel García Márquez


15. Perhaps his best known work, at least in translation, is the author’s portrayal of the assassination of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and its aftermath, from two distinct points in time: during and immediately after the assassination, and thirty years later.

Mario Vargas Llosa


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