The Nobel committee apparently uses code names to refer to candidates in advance of the announcement. I guess they aren’t great, because as we learned earlier, there was probably some sort of leak that lead to a run of bets on Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, whose code name was “Chateaubriand”. I’m guessing they think he’s a hunk. I wonder what some of the other contender’s names would have been. Like Roth, Atwood,Â etc. Any guesses?
This year’s winner of the literature prize, French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, was praised for his “new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization”. But his codename was Chateaubriand – a gourmet dish of fillet steak cut from the tenderloin. Last year’s winner Doris Lessing was the oldest person to win the literature prize at 87, but that did stop her being code-named after the young and angelic character in Dickens’ novel.