Candidates must figure on the short-list at least two years running to win,
I think he is unassailable from a literary point of view, ... On the other hand, there may be some people who think he's too established.
I think it is safe to say that 'Soul Mountain' is one of the most remarkable creations of modern literature, not only in Chinese.
It's been a long time since the prize has gone to someone like that. Esthetic literature has dominated because, I think, the modernist trend has been to frown upon scientific literature,
We have a very strict discipline now. No documents leave the building and the (Academy) members are not allowed to discuss the choice by email or with members of their family. So far this year, I have not seen any sign that there is a leak,
This very possibly has something to do with the fact that this week the academy will announce this year's winner, ... He knows nothing about the discussion that led to the choice of Elfriede Jelinek, so what he says in this article of his is empty speculation.