14 Female Nobel Laureates in Literature, Reading Goal 2018

The most important thing I’ve taken away from reading all of the 14 Female Nobel Laureates in Literature (Men 100, Women 14) was, to discover the new writer without expectation. I get to know the writer I’d never heard of before, each of the writers had remarkable backgrounds and I really admired them. And of course, I’d stretched out my reading genre much much wider. It was a mix experience of empowerment, unexpecting, surprising, cultivating and just pure joy. I always complained to myself that I miss reading diversity. Although none of the female writers from Asia or Africa or from Middle East countries has been awarded the prize, still it’s pretty diverse because diversity isn’t about specific skin colors, tribes, religions, continents, but it means all over the world. For the first time, I read literature from Sweden, Norway, Chile, Italy, Austria, and Romania. It is also a good opportunity to get to know more about my favorite writers-Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, and Wislawa Szymborska. So, here’s my summary:
★All 14 Female Nobel Prize in Literature

The Best

Madwomen The Locas mujeres Poems of Gabriela Mistral by Gabriela Mistral
Gabriela Mistral
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1945
“for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions,
has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world.”
Map Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska
Wislawa Szymborska
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1996
“for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical
and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.”
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993
“who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import,
gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”
Briefing for a Descent Into Hell by Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2007
“that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism,
fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.”
Voices from Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
Svetlana Alexievich
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
“for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
The Appointment by Herta Müller
Herta Müller
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009
“who, with the concentration of poetry and
the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.”
Open Secrets by Alice Munro
Alice Munro
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013
“master of the contemporary short story.”


The Great

Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
Pearl Buck
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1938
“for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life
in China and for her biographical masterpieces.”
Reeds in the Wind by Grazia Deledda
Grazia Deledda
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1926
“for her idealistically inspired writings which
with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island
and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general.”
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991
“who through her magnificent epic writing has –
in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity.”
Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset
Sigrid Undset
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1928
“principally for her powerful descriptions
of Northern life during the Middle Ages.”
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf
Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1909
“in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination
and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.”
Collected Poems I (1944-1949) by Nelly Sachs
Nelly Sachs
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1966
“for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing,
which interprets Israel’s destiny with touching strength”


The Rest

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
Elfriede Jelinek
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2004
“for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels
and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity
of society’s clichés and their subjugating power.”

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