Bookies say Adonis is hot favourite for Nobel Literature

Looks like Philip Roth will have to wait again. Syrian poet and Goethe prize winner Adonis has emerged as the favourite candidate to be crowned the Nobel literature laureate this Thursday, reports The Guardian.

UK-based betting firm Ladbrokes has made the 81-year-old, described as "the most important Arab poet of our time" by the Goethe jury, its 4/1 favourite to win this year's Nobel prize for literature.

 Bookies say Adonis is hot favourite for Nobel Literature

Syrian poet and Goethe prize winner Adonis is 4/1 favourite to win this year's Nobel prize for literature. Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

Adonis has emerged as the frontrunner ahead of another octogenarian poet, the 80-year-old Swede Tomas Tranströmer, at 9/2.

The reclusive American writer Thomas Pynchon is at 10/1 at Ladbrokes, with Algerian novelist Assia Djebar (12/1), Korean poet Ko Un (14/1), Australian poet Les Murray (16/1) and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami (16/1) also frontrunners for the betting firm.

The top 10 includes three new names: Hungarian writer Peter Nadas at 12/1, Nepali poet Rajendra Bhandari and Indian poet K Satchidanandan, both at 20/1, with Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu another new entry in 11th place.

Irish author John Banville was given odds of 25/1 after winning the Franz Kafka prize in May – an award which often predicts future Nobel winners.

AS Byatt is the UK's best Nobel runner at 33/1, ahead of Ian McEwan (40/1) and Salman Rushdie (also 40/1). Also whether Bob Dylan, at 100/1, will clinch it for the US remains to be seen.

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Updated Date: Oct 04, 2011 11:57:04 IST