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Past winners of the Nobel in literature

Past winners of the Nobel in literature
From left, past Nobel winners Herta Mueller (2009), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1982) and Mario Vargas Llosa (2010). (EPA / AP / EPA)

Here is a list of previous winners of the Nobel Prize in literature since 1980:

2013: Alice Munro, Canada

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2012: Mo Yan, China

2011: Tomas Transtromer, Sweden

2010: Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru

2009: Herta Mueller, Germany

2008: Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, France

2007: Doris Lessing, Britain

2006: Orhan Pamuk, Turkey

2005: Harold Pinter, Britain

2004: Elfriede Jelinek, Austria

2003: J.M. Coetzee, South Africa

2002: Imre Kertesz, Hungary

2001: V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad-born Briton

2000: Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French

1999: Guenter Grass, Germany

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1998: Jose Saramago, Portugal

1997: Dario Fo, Italy

1996: Wislawa Szymborska, Poland

1995: Seamus Heaney, Ireland

1994: Kenzaburo Oe, Japan

1993: Toni Morrison, United States

1992: Derek Walcott, St. Lucia

1991: Nadine Gordimer, South Africa

1990: Octavio Paz, Mexico

1989: Camilo Jose Cela, Spain

1988: Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt

1987: Joseph Brodsky, Russian-born American

1986: Wole Soyinka, Nigeria

1985: Claude Simon, France

1984: Jaroslav Seifert, Czechoslovakia

1983: William Golding, Britain

1982: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia

1981: Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-born Briton

1980: Czeslaw Milosz, Polish-born American

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