British Playwright Wins Nobel Prize in Literature - New York Times
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LONDON, Oct. 13 - Harold Pinter, the English playwright, poet and political campaigner whose work uses spare and often menacing language to explore themes like powerlessness, domination and the faceless tyranny of the state, won the Nobel Prize for Literature today.
Mr. Pinter "uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms," the Swedish Academy said in announcing the award, which carries $1.3 million in prize money.
Now 75, Mr. Pinter has had an extraordinarily productive and versatile career, writing plays and screenplays, directing theater productions, appearing as an actor on screen and stage and winning awards across Europe. So precise and pared-down is his prose, so artful his use of pauses and omissions to invoke discomfort, foreboding and miscommunication, that the adjective "Pinteresque" has come to mean a peculiar kind of atmospheric unease. [...]