Nobel Peace Prize 2014 for Liu Xiaobo

My suggestion for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese writer and human rights activist.

Yes, I know that Liu Xiaobo already won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and it would be the first time that one person wins the same prize twice. (Although it doesn’t seem to be a problem for the same football team to win the championship twice in a row.) But this is a special situation which calls for a special reaction: The Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2010 is still in prison in China. If the Nobel Prizes are supposed to achieve anything beyond some newspaper articles for a week after their announcement, then the Nobel Prize committee can display the determination to continue awarding the prize to the last laureate who is still imprisoned and thereby to name and shame China. They should do so year after year after year – until China will have to release Liu Xiaobo.

The outrageousness of China’s treatment of Liu Xiaobo becomes even more apparent when looking for a historical parallel: in 1936 Nazi Germany released the laureate Carl von Ossietzky from a concentration camp (although he was of course still being watched by the Gestapo).

(Zur deutschen Fassung.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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14 Responses to Nobel Peace Prize 2014 for Liu Xiaobo

  1. Gerry says:

    I’d reject the price if I were awarded it (which will never happen).
    Because I don’t want to be associated with a certain Kissinger and a certain Obama.
    Giving those two a peace price feels like giving the physics price to s “free energy” idiot.

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  3. Hello Andreas,
    I have been asking myself the question of who should get the Nobel Peace Prize and arrived at another name, but I think your proposal is really a good one! Many thanks and have a good day.

  4. djgarcia94 says:

    Its high time a Swede won the Nobel Prize for Literature for once!

    • djgarcia94 says:

      It was a joke. More Swedes have won then all non-Western writers combined.

    • I guess it’s easier for a Swedish committee to read Swedish literature than to read translations.

      Having read some of the same books in English and in German, I already notice quite a difference there, and these are two similar and related languages. I am therefore not sure if you can adequately judge Chinese literature by its Swedish translation for example.
      One might even say that the better literature is linguistically, the less translatable it is.

    • djgarcia94 says:

      Very true, one of the biggest criticisms of the Prize is its disproportionate attention to Scandinavian writers. Actually I’ve read that the Swedish Academy has to read the works in French, German, English, and I think also Spanish and maybe a few others.

    • I also read somewhere that they have books translated for them, even if no translations have been made public yet. That’s a lot of work, and possibly demotivating for the translator if he knows that only a few people will read the translated result.

    • djgarcia94 says:

      Hard to believe anyone would have to time to read so much. Its still baffling when they denied Borges the prize and instead gave to two Swedish poets that were obscure even in Sweden but were members of the Academy.

    • I am not sure “denied” is the right word. It’s not like anyone is entitled to a certain prize.

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