The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has withdrawn from Sweden’s alternative to the Nobel prize for literature, citing a wish to concentrate on his writing.
Established in the wake of the sexual assault scandal that led to the postponement of this year’s literature prize, the New Academy Prize set out to be a “reminder that literature should be associated with democracy, openness, empathy and respect”.
在组织方给出的新文学奖名单中，共有47人入选，全球共有32000多人投票选出他们最喜爱的作家，最终有4人脱颖而出：除了村上春树，还有英国小说家Neil Gaiman、法属瓜德罗普小说家Maryse Condé以及加拿大籍越南裔作家金翠（Kim Thúy）。
Of the 47 authors nominated by Swedish librarians, over 32000 people from around the world have voted for their favourite candidates, which left four authors on the short list for the award: British fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé and the Vietnam-born Canadian author Kim Thúy.
Murakami, 69, has won several literary prizes, such as the Franz Kafka Prize in 2006, the Jerusalem Prize in 2009, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award for 2016.
The award organisers have revealed that when the final four authors were notified, Murakami asked for his nomination to be withdrawn.
The New Academy said in a statement that Murakami had emailed them saying that it was a great honour to be shortlisted. But “Murakami then said his preference is to concentrate on his writing, away from media attention … The New Academy regrets but respects his decision.”
According to the organisers, the three remaining candidates have “all expressed enthusiasm for their nomination for the prize”.