The Nobel Prize for Literature


Possibly the most prestigious high-brow literary award available, though political relevance sometimes plays a large part in selection (as opposed to pure literary merit).

2015

Voices from Chernobyl

Svetlana Alexievich
2014

The Occupation Trilogy

Patrick Modiano
2013

Family Furnishings

Alice Munro
2012

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

Mo Yan
2011

The Great Enigma

Tomas Transtromer
2010

The Feast of the Goat

Mario Vargas Llosa
2009

The Hunger Angel

Herta Muller
2008

The Interrogation

J. M. G. Le Clezio
2007

The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing
2006

My Name Is Red

Orhan Pamuk
2005

The Essential Pinter

Harold Pinter
2004

The Piano Teacher

Elfriede Jelinek
2003

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee
2002

Fatelessness

Imre Kertesz
2001

A House for Mr. Biswas

V.S. Naipaul
2000

Soul Mountain

Gao Xingjian
1999

The Tin Drum

Gunter Grass
1998

Blindness

Jose Saramago
1997

We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! And Other Works

Dario Fo
1996

View with a Grain of Sand

Wislawa Szymborska
1995

Selected Poems 1988-2013

Seamus Heaney
1994

A Quiet Life

Kenzaburo Oe
1993

Beloved

Toni Morrison
1992

Omeros

Derek Walcott
1991

The Conservationist

Nadine Gordimer
1990

The Labyrinth of Solitude

Octavio Paz
1989

Family of Pascual Duarte

Camilo Jose Cela
1988

The Cairo Trilogy

Naguib Mahfouz
1987

Nativity Poems

Joseph Brodsky
1986

Ake: The Years of Childhood

Wole Soyinka
1985

The Flanders Road

Claude Simon
1984

The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

Jaroslav Seifert
1983

Lord of the Flies

William Golding
1982

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1981

Auto-da-Fe

Elias Canetti
1980

Selected Poems

Czeslaw Milosz
1979

Eros, Eros, Eros

Odysseas Elytis
1978

The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer
1977

A Longing for the Light

Vicente Aleixandre
1976

Herzog

Saul Bellow
1975

The Collected Poems of Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale
1974

The days of His Grace

Eyvind Johnson
1974

The Procession of Memories

Harry Martinson
1973

Voss

Patrick White
1972

The Clown

Heinrich Boll
1971

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Pablo Neruda
1970

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
1969

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable

Samuel Beckett
1968

Snow Country

Yasunari Kawabata
1967

The President

Miguel Angel Asturias
1966

Only Yesterday

S. Y. Agnon
1966

Collected Poems I

Nelly Sachs
1965

And Quiet Flows the Don

Mikhail Sholokhov
1964

The Age of Reason

Jean-Paul Sartre
1963

George Seferis

George Seferis
1962

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck
1961

The Bridge on the Drina

Ivo Andric
1960

Selected Poems

Saint-John Perse
1959

The Night Fountain

Salvatore Quasimodo
1958

Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak
1957

The Stranger

Albert Camus
1956

The Poet and the Sea

Juan Ramon Jimenez
1955

Independent People

Halldor Laxness
1954

The Old Man And The Sea

Ernest Hemingway
1953

The Second World War

Winston S. Churchill
1952

Therese Desqueyroux

Francois Mauriac
1951

The Dwarf

Par Lagerkvist
1950

A History of Western Philosophy

Bertrand Russell
1949

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner
1948

Complete Poems and Plays

T.S. Eliot
1947

The Immoralist

Andre Gide
1946

The Glass Bead Game

Hermann Hesse
1945

Madwomen: The "Locas mujeres" Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Gabriela Mistral
1944

The Fall of the King

Johannes V. Jensen
1939

Meek Heritage

Frans Eemil Sillanpaa
1938

The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck
1937

Lieutenant-Colonel de Maumort

Roger Martin du Gard
1936

Long Day's Journey into Night

Eugene O'Neill
1934

The Late Mattia Pascal

Luigi Pirandello
1933

Collected Stories of Ivan Bunin

Ivan Bunin
1932

The Forsyte Saga

John Galsworthy
1931

Arcadia Borealis

Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1930

Arrowsmith

Sinclair Lewis
1929

Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

Thomas Mann
1928

Kristin Lavransdatter

Sigrid Undset
1927

Creative Evolution

Henri Bergson
1926

Cosima

Grazia Deledda
1925

Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw
1924

The Comedienne

Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
1923

The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats
1922

Los Intereses Creados

Jacinto Benavente
1921

The Gods Will Have Blood

Anatole France
1920

Growth of the Soil

Knut Hamsun
1919

Gerold Und Hansli

Carl Spitteler
1917

The Pilgrim Kamanita; A Legendary Romance

Karl Gjellerup
1917

Lucky Per

Henrik Pontoppidan
1916

The Charles Men

Verner von Heidenstam
1915

Jean Christophe

Romain Rolland
1913

Gitanjali

Rabindranath Tagore
1912

Three Plays

Gerhart Hauptmann
1911

The Life of the Bee

Maurice Maeterlinck
1910

Andrea Delfin

Paul Heyse
1909

The Saga of Gosta Berling

Selma Lagerlof
1908

The Problem of Human Life as Viewed by the Great Thinkers from Plato to the Present Time

Rudolf Eucken
1907

Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling
1906

Poems

Giosue Carducci
1905

Quo vadis

Henryk Sienkiewicz
1904

Mireio: A Provencal Poem

Frederic Mistral
1904

The Great Galeoto - Folly or Saintliness

Jose Echegaray
1903

Arne

Bjornstjerne Bjornson
1902

The History of Rome

Theodor Mommsen
1901

La France

Sully Prudhomme

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