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Nobel Prize for Literature: 1980s

1980-1989

1980s

Winner

Czesław Miłosz of Poland.  Genres:  poetry & essay.

Winner

Elias Canetti of the United Kingdom (born in Bulgaria).  Language:  German.  Genres:  novel, drama, memoirs, & essay.

Winner

Gabriel García Márquez of Colombia.  Genres:  novel, short story, & screenplay.










Winner

William Golding of the United Kingdom.  Genres:  novel, poetry, & drama.

Winner

Jaroslav Seifert of Czechoslovakia (born in Austria-Hungary).  Genre:  poetry.

Winner

Claude Simon of France (born in French Madagascar).  Genre:  novel.

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Wole Soyinka of Nigeria.  Language:  English.  Genres:  drama, novel, & poetry.

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Joseph Brodsky of the United States (born in the Soviet Union).  Languages:  Russian & English.  Genres:  poetry & essay.

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Naguib Mahfouz of Egypt.  Genre:  novel.

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Camilo José Cela of Spain.  Genres:  novel & short story.