Odds against Israeli Nobel in Literature
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Odds against Israeli Nobel in Literature

British betting site gives slim chances of prize for literature going to the Jewish state

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Amos Oz in Jerusalem, May 3, 2010 (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Amos Oz in Jerusalem, May 3, 2010 (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

A British betting site has given small odds on the chance of the Nobel Prize in Literature going to a writer from the Jewish State, or even to a Jewish author.

According to gambling giant Ladbrokes, the Israeli with the best chance of winning the coveted award is Amos Oz with odds of 16/1, the same chances given to Jewish-American novelist Philip Roth.

Jewish-American folk singer Bob Dylan is a long shot at 50/1 and Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua has little more than an outside chance at 100/1.

The last Israeli to win the Nobel for literature was S.Y. Agnon back in 1966 and Ladbrokes doesn’t seem to think that is likely to change this year.

Israeli Daniel Khaneman, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2002, is also in the running for the literature prize but only at odds of 66/1.

The front runner is Japanese author Haruki Murakami at 3/1, closely followed by Joyce Carol Oates at 6/1 who is nosing ahead of Peter Nadas at 7/1.

The date for revealing the eventual winner of the 2013 prize has not yet been announced.

Another British betting site, Paddypower, offering odds on the Nobel Prize, has no Israelis or Jews in the running, unless you coun’t Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, at 80/1. The stie lists 15-year-old Taliban victim Malala Yousefzai as its frontrunner at 1/2, with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege not far behind at 6/4.

Two Israelis were tapped by Thomson-Reuters as frontrunner for the Nobel Prize in Medicine, due to be announced Monday. Professors Howard Cedar and Aharon Razin of Hebrew University, along with Professor Adrian Bird of the University of Edinburgh, could win the prize for their work in DNA methylation and gene expression.

David Shamah contributed to this report.

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