I just got a call from a local paper about Nobel Prize. I said: “As a world prize, it has lost all credibility. As a European prize, it might still be well regarded. I can’t believe that the best literature of the world in the last ten years is European. Why not consider the writers from Africa, Asia, US and Latin America? Why cast all light in Europe?”
The reporter was ironic enough to ask me if I had read any of the works by the woman writer just awarded the Nobel. I said “no”. I am not the one set up as judge of European literature. I wonder if any of the jurors of the Nobel have read a Central American writer (male or female) in the past ten years.