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Nobel Prize in Literature odds – Adonis and Tomas Transtromer favourites

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature could be won by a Syrian poet, although Tomas Transtromer could go one better than last year

Syrian poet Adonis is the bookies favourite to win the 2011 Nobel Prize in literature according to Ladbrokes.

The 81 year old Goethe Prize winner and perennial shortlist candidate appears a worthy favourite from Swede Tomas Transtromer at 9/2, who was unlucky not to win the Prize last year as favourite.

Irish novelist and screenwriter John Banville is a 25/1 shot after winning the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize this year which has often served up several Nobel winners in the past. Cult figure Bob Dylan is a 100/1 outsider.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes told Bettingpro: "After hitting the woodwork last year we think Transtromer has a superb chance of atoning for defeat. Adonis has been a permanent fixture on the shortlist in the past and the odds suggest this could be his year."

He added: "Whilst we expect Dylan to have his backers it would represent a major shock and a costly one for us if he walked away with the prize."

Ladbrokes latest betting

Nobel Prize in literature 2011

Adonis 4/1
Tomas Transtromer 9/2
Thomas Pynchon 10/1
Peter Nadas 12/1
Assia Djebar 12/1
Ko Un 14/1
Les Murray 16/1
Haruki Murakami 16/1
Rajendra Bhandari 20/1
K. Satchidanandan 20/1
Mircea Cartarescu 20/1
Philip Roth 25/1
Cormac McCarthy 25/1
John Banville 25/1
Colm Toibin 25/1
Christa Wolf 25/1
Joyce Carol Oates 25/1
Don DeLillo 25/1
Claudio Magris 33/1
Amos Oz 33/1
Adam Zagajewski 33/1
Antonio Tabucchi 33/1
Yves Bonnefoy 33/1
Alice Munro 33/1
A.S. Byatt 33/1
Michel Tournier 33/1
Milan Kundera 33/1
Maya Angelou 33/1
E.L Doctorow 33/1
Cees Nooteboom 33/1
Viktor Pelevin 40/1
Ismail Kadare 40/1
Ian McEwan 40/1
Salman Rushdie 40/1
Margaret Atwood 40/1
Peter Handke 40/1
Gitta Sereny 40/1
Ernesto Cardehnal 40/1
Luis Goytisolo  40/1
Juan Marse 40/1
Bei Dao 40/1
Patrick Modiano 40/1
Antonio Lobo Antunes 40/1
Vaclav Havel 40/1
Javier Marias 50/1
Eeva Kilpi 50/1
Ngugi wa Thiong'o 50/1
Carlos Fuentes 50/1
William Trevor 50/1
Shlomo Kalo 50/1
Umberto Eco 50/1
Chinua Achebe 50/1
Elias Khoury 50/1
Anne Carson 66/1
David Malouf 66/1
Paul Auster 66/1
A.B Yehoshua 66/1
Per Petterson 80/1
Jonathan Littell 80/1
Michael Ondaatje 80/1
Jon Fosse 80/1
Mahasweta Devi 80/1
Kjell Askildsen 80/1
Julian Barnes 80/1
Atiq Rahimi 80/1
Peter Carey 80/1
F. Sionil Jose 80/1
Marge Piercy 80/1
Mary Gordon 80/1
William H. Gass 80/1
Yevgeny Yevtushenko 80/1
Vassilis Alexakis 80/1
Bob Dylan 100/1 
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Nobel Prize in Literature odds – Adonis and Tomas Transtromer favourites

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature could be won by a Syrian poet, although Tomas Transtromer could go one better than last year

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