Writer Konstantin Paustovsky was among the candidates for the Nobel prize for literature in 1967. This follows from archival documents, published by the Swedish Academy. The list of nominees for the prestigious award remain secret for 50 years.
As it became known, the name of the Russian writer was asked by a member of the Swedish Academy by Eivind Johnson. However, the Nobel Committee rejected the candidacy of Paustovsky with the wording: “the Committee wishes to emphasize their interest in the proposal by the Russian writer, but of natural causes, it must be put aside”.
Among the published materials, 1965, also contains analysis of the works of Paustovsky made by the literary critic Eric Masterton. “In modern Russian literature Paustovsky, undoubtedly, occupies a prominent place. But it is not a great writer, as I understand it? Paustovsky is a writer with great merit, but also with big disadvantages. I do not find that his merit may outweigh the disadvantages enough to be able to motivate the awarding of the Nobel prize”, he wrote (quoted by TASS).
Among the candidates for the Nobel prize for literature in 1967 includes 70 people. Among them is Samuel Beckett, Louis Aragon, Alberto Moravia, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Nerud, Yasunari Kawabata, Graham Greene, Wystan Hugh Auden.
As a result, in that year the prestigious prize was awarded to the Guatemalan writer and diplomat Miguel angel Asturias “for his vivid literary achievement, which is based on the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America”.
A year ago it became known that the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova was among the candidates for the Nobel prize for literature in 1966. Her name was proposed by professors of Slavic languages the University of Gothenburg Gunnar Jacobsson and Harvard University Roman Jacobson. However, the poet died on 5 March 1966, so at a later stage of the deliberations of the Nobel Committee did not consider her candidacy.
Previously published documents according to which Akhmatova was among the candidates for the Nobel prize for literature in 1965-m to year. But then the prize was awarded to Mikhail Sholokhov. The nomination writer was supported unanimously, and the idea to divide the prize between him and Akhmatova refused.
The names of the people nominated for the award “Nobel prize”, are kept secret for 50 years. Only at the end of this period, the Academy may publish the list of applicants.
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