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China boards the laureate gravy train

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So fans didn't get to dance on the street. The two moons of Haruki Murakami were eclipsed when he didn't win the Nobel Prize in literature, as the Japanese man seemed the only writer on the speculated shortlist capable of inspiring global adulation from admirers, including in Thailand, had Stockholm given him the call on Thursday. 

Well, him and perhaps E L James, given that her Fifty Shades of Gravy (or is it Grey?) has topped every bestselling list on the planet for the past 12 months.

I believe art awards say more about the giver than about the recipient, but the fact that bookies included James on the possible winners' list prior to the announcement was the blackest literary joke of the year (her odds were 500/1, but still, besides the sticky Gravy itself, the Swedish Academy has given the prize to only 44 women in the past 90 years).

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