When Pasternak had to decline the Nobel Prize

On 23 October 1958 Boris Pasternak (1890 – 1960) was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition.”Pasternak accepted the award, but was later forced to decline it by Soviet authorities who had banned… Read More When Pasternak had to decline the Nobel Prize

Louise Glück

Louise Glück (born in New York City in 1943) has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal“. Here is one of her poems, which has often been likened to a feminist anthem, from the collection “The Triumph of Achilles” (1985). Mock… Read More Louise Glück