Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Moderate rain    9 / 12 ℃  City Forecast

English>>China Society

Nobel literary prize jurist pestered by some scribes

By Sun Xiaobo (Global Times)

09:36, October 23, 2012

A member of the Swedish Academy, which selects the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, said Sunday that some Chinese writers constantly try to win his favor and an official has even attempted to bribe him, reported the Chongqing Economic Times and other Chinese media.

Goran Malmqvist, an 88-year-old Sinologist and longtime translator of Chinese literature, said every month Chinese writers send him their manuscripts hoping he will translate them.

The Chongqing paper reported that Malmqvist said some writers even asked him to nominate them for a Nobel Prize in Literature. One unnamed writer, who is also a government official from Shandong Province, tried to influence Malmqvist with gifts.

"The cultural official mailed me many paintings and ancient books, pleading with me to help him win the prize," Goran said, adding that the official told Malmqvist he could keep the 1.2-million-dollar award.

"I returned everything, but later found out that he began writing to another member of the academy," said Malmqvist.

Malmqvist was in Shanghai to promote his latest translated work The Great Enigma, a collection of poems by 2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Transtromer.

Zhang Jiong, honorary vice president of the Chinese Writers Association, said he met Malmqvist three times and the issue never came up, adding that it's not likely any writer could influence the committee as recipients are all well-established writers with a large and impressive body of work.

Malmqvist said real writers are afraid to meet him as it would be seen as inappropriate.
Most viewed commentaries

Recommended News
Nude modeling challenges values Apple's plans bearing fruit in new store More funds to pull people out of poverty
Ornamental hen gives birth to tiny egg 4 dead  in central China bus accident Low floor light rail train starts operation

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:马茜、梁军)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Navy seaplane in rescue training

  2. Border guards on patrol duty

  3. Indians dancing the night away

  4. Toys, gifts show held in Hong Kong

  5. Craftmanship of artisans in China's 'Porcelain Capital'

  6. China’s economic growth stabilized

  7. English-version of Peking Opera Classics

  8. Terrible! Japanese girl's body painting

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Commentary: Income distribution reform
  2. China determined to be new kind of great power
  3. Evasions won't hide reality of Diaoyu theft
  4. U.S. presidential debate finale to draw attention
  5. Opportunities abound for China shale gas
  6. Canton Fair foretells grim trade outlook
  7. Officials cross line with sorghum plan
  8. Investment not enough for banks
  9. Turkey makes case for buffer zone in Syria
  10. China dominate second US presidential debate

What’s happening in China

Let us rest in peace

  1. Short-term service helps ease burdens
  2. Official criticized for appearing on dating show
  3. Mo Yan's hometown to hail Nobel success
  4. 3,578 CPC officials busted for taking bribes
  5. China bans profiteering from religious activity