John Freeman John Freeman is the editor of Granta magazine. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, his criticism has appeared in publications around the world, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review.

Tomas Transtromer, seen in this undated photo, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

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A second hijacked commercial plane approaches the World Trade Center in New York shortly before crashing into the landmark skyscraper on Sept. 11 2001. Seth McAllister/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After being longlisted twice for the award, British author Howard Jacobson finally wins the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his witty novel, The Finkler Question. Jenny Jacobson/Bloomsbury USA hide caption

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Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, seen here in April 2010, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Vargas Llosa was awarded the prize in part, the committee said, for offering a "cartography of structures of power." Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Europe hide caption

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