Nobel Laureates You May Not Know, Part 2: The Novella

GENINT 731.381

Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss the novellas of six Nobel Laureates from around the world.           

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The Nobel Prize in literature is recognition for a lifetime's achievement. And what is always singled out for praise is an original voice in the service of moral or social vision. The greatest literature always tells us, in broad or specific ways, how we live—and how we might live—giving us a window on human failures, hopes, and victories. In this course, we read short, socially engaged, and masterful works by six Nobel Laureates: Patrick Modiano (France) describes his detective work looking for a Jewish girl and the immense human losses of World War II in Dora Bruder. Heinrich Boll (Germany) traces a young woman's association with a hunted man that makes her a journalist’s target in The Lost Honor of Catherine Blum. Herta Muller (Romania) describes a German village caught between life in Ceausescu’s dictatorship and the temptations of the West in The Passport. J.M. Coetzee (South Africa) attacks Apartheid South Africa in an allegorical war between oppressor and oppressed in Waiting for the Barbarians. Knut Hamsun (Norway) probes human psychodynamics in Hunger, which was published in 1890 and influenced major twentieth century authors including Kafka and James Joyce. And finally, Elfreide Jelinek (Austria), dissects the double-standard by which women are held in their traditional place in Women as Lovers.

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