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Odds favor Amos Oz for Nobel Prize in Literature

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It depends on which set of odds-makers you trust most. Online betting site Unibet favors Israeli author Amos Oz to be the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, scheduled to be announced tomorrow, Oct. 9, in Stockholm. Ladbrokes, a competing site, sees Italian Claudio Magris as the most likely candidate.

Both agencies put Syrian-born poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Asbar) in second place.

Last week, Pulitzer judge and Swedish literary critic Horace Engdahl upset the world of American letters by suggesting that US writers are "too isolated, too insular" to be Nobel winners. But a few American names remain on the lists of the odds-makers, nonetheless. Ladbrokes gives Joyce Carol Oates and Philip Roth a 6 to 1 chance of winning, while Don DeLillo is predicted to have an 8 to 1 chance.

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