The World: Prize for a Chilean Poet

SINCE 1901, when the Swedish Academy chose the first recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature and bypassed Leo Tolstoy, the awards have often been surrounded by controversy. There is still a furor over last year's pick, Soviet Novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, whose works (Cancer Ward; The First Circle) expose the authoritarianism of Soviet life. Fearing that he would not be allowed back into the U.S.S.R., he has not dared travel to Stockholm to accept the award; and the Swedish embassy, fearing an adverse reaction from its Soviet hosts, refuses to stage a public...

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