Camilo José Cela: The Rejection of the Ordinary

Eulogy to the Fable Nobel Lecture, 8 December 1989

Naguib Mahfouz: Life in the Alley of Arab History

Nobel Lecture, 8 December 1988

Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was named the 1988 Nobel Laureate of Literature. His story “Umm Ahmed” (pp. 21–34) has never before appeared in an English translation.

Brodsky and the Grounding of Poetry

Nobel Lecture, 8 December 1987

Wole Soyinka: Mythopoesis and the Agon of Democracy

Nobel Lecture, 8 December 1986

Divination by Ashes: An Introduction to Claude Simon