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STOCKHOLM Oct 8 The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize
will be announced at 1100 GMT on Thursday, organisers said, with
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami the bookmakers' favorite to
win the 8 million crown ($1.2 million) award.
Other hotly-tipped names include Bob Dylan, Chinese writer
Mo Yan and reclusive U.S. novelist Thomas Pynchon.
Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer won last year, pleasing many
in the prize's homeland which had not celebrated a winner since
Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson took home the prize in 1974.
Past winners include U.S. writer William Faulkner, France's
Albert Camus and Colombia's Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The last
Japanese writer to win the prize was Kenzaburo Oe in 1984.
The award-giving body The Swedish Academy, which announced
the date of the literature prize on Monday, is due to announce
the winners of its coveted science prizes this week.
($1 = 6.5846 Swedish crowns)
(Reporting by Simon Johnson; Editing by Andrew Heavens)