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  •  I'm sorry but... (2+ / 0-)
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    gchaucer2, ConfusedSkyes

    There are hundreds and hundreds of much more widely celebrated authors in the world who deserve the Nobel Prize but haven't gotten it. Most of their names would probably not ring a bell with any Americans though.

    I live in a tiny country which produces a maximum of 4 national "bestsellers" per year - as a result, our presses print world literature almost exclusively. For me it was an incredible shock when I first experienced the US mentality towards and lack of availability when it comes to any non-American work.

    •  Ireland has 7 Nobel Laureates (1+ / 0-)
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      RainyDay

      2 for Peace, 1 for Physics and 4 for Literature -- that tiny island.  And yet -- still Western lit.  Currently American universities and colleges (not all) are adopting a business model so forget concentrations in African, Middle Eastern, Asian, South American, Aboriginal literature and myths.  We are going to "educate" a generation of narrow focused young people.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:53:48 PM PST

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      •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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        I was mostly talking about  availability of non-native works, though, as in when you walk into a bookstore 95% of the stock are translated books. In my country this practically forces bookworms to read books originating from every single continent. I feel great to have had that range of possibilities as a teenager (and which I still have) compared with what I've seen in the US.

        Nothing kneads the young mind in a better way or expands horizons as much as reading books written in and featuring totally different cultures as a teen. Well, that and traveling, of course.

        Didn't know that about Ireland, though! Interesting tidbit there.

        We are going to "educate" a generation of narrow focused young people.
        Very true, unfortunately. I used to think we were doing that already but it seems things can actually get worse on that front (talking about European high schools and universities as well).
    •  dozens maybe (0+ / 0-)

      certainly not hundreds. roth is widely respected throughout the world.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:06:38 PM PST

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