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First Chinese national to win highest fiction prize praised for "hallucinatory realism" that mixes past and present.
Swedish Academy announces that Tomas Transtromer will receive the prestigious award worth $1.48m.
Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed South American writers, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
British playwright and poet Harold Pinter, whose juxtaposition of the brutal and the banal resulted in an adjective that bears his name, has won the 2005 Nobel Prize in literature.
As many await the announcement of this year's Nobel literature prize, the Swedish Academy confirmed one of its members had quit in disgust at last year's choice.
South African writer J M Coetzee was awarded the 2003 Nobel Literature Prize, the Swedish Academy said. His lean, allegorical style has drawn comparisons with great Irish dramatist Samuel Beckett.
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