One of the Front-runners for This Year’s Nobel Prize in Literature is Salman Rushdie!

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According to bookies, Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed earlier this year just before giving a lecture, is one of the favorites to win this year’s Nobel Prize for literature.

Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and torso on August 12 as he prepared to give a speech at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state. Rushdie is the author of the best-selling and divisive novel The Satanic Verses.

The award will be given to “the individual who shall have produced in the sphere of literature the most exceptional work in an ideal direction,” and it will be announced on Thursday. The Swedish Academy, a panel of 18 persons that includes eminent jurists, linguists, literary academics, historians, and writers from Sweden, decides on the prize.

The winner will get 10 million SEK (£1 million), making it the most prestigious literary award in the entire globe.

The lowest chances for Rushdie winning were 13/2 on Tuesday afternoon, according to the betting comparison website Nicer Odds.

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The 75-year-old British American who was born in India would be the first writer to receive the award since the poet Rabindranath Tagore in 1913 if he does.

Recognizing the brutal assault on Salman Rushdie

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran at the time, issued a fatwa, or religious decree, calling on Muslims to assassinate Rushdie a few months after The Satanic Verses was released. The attack on Rushdie occurred 33 years later. The fatwa has never been formally lifted, despite the fact that Iran has now distanced itself from it.

Rushdie told the German news magazine, Stern, just two weeks prior to the attack that his life was “quite normal again.”

Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of stabbing Rushdie and has been charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder and one count of assault in the second degree. Both accusations have received his plea of not guilty.

Rushdie told the German news magazine, Stern, just two weeks prior to the attack that his life was “quite normal again.”

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Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of stabbing Rushdie and has been charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder and one count of assault in the second degree. Both accusations have received his plea of not guilty.

On Tuesday, French author Michel Houellebecq was included alongside Rushdie as a contender for the Nobel Prize in literature, with a chance of 5/1. The betting favorite from the previous year, Annie Ernaux, was once again on the top of the list with chances of 5/1, while Anne Carson, a Canadian poet, had odds of 4/1.

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Additionally, Haruki Murakami (12/1), Margaret Atwood (9/1), and Stephen King (17/1) had odds available on Nicer Odds.

Abdulrazak Gurnah won the award the previous year for his “unwavering and sympathetic exploration of colonialism’s impact and the fate of the refugee amid the chasm between cultures and continents.” Olga Tokarczuk, Louise Glück, and Kazuo Ishiguro are some more recent winners.

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