Nobel Goes to French Author

We’d already had the strong hint that the Nobel Prize in Literature would not go to an American this year. So, no surprise, it didn’t. Nonetheless, the winner is a surprise according to Time magazine, but not according to bettors in England, where France’s Jean-Marie Gustave LeClezio, ended up the odds-on favorite (after being an early long shot).

For background on the author, the following are useful:

Although Time magazine says the author’s work is “almost entirely out of print in the U.S,” the following appear to still be available (links are to the publisher’s listings):


The Mexican Dream: Or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerincian Civilizations

  • Hardcover: $25.00
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226110028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226110028

Library Journal called this novel a “provocative meditation on Mexican history.”



  • Paperback: $15; 206 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803279663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803279667


  • Hardcover: $60; 214 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803229461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803229464
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Curbstone Press (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931896119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931896115

One Response to “Nobel Goes to French Author”

  1. from the ivory tower « Collection Developments @ Sno-Isle Says:

    […] Gustave LeClezio (shock of all shocks, we don’t own any of his works; most of it is out-of-print in the U.S.).