Nobel Prize Literature Laureate Speeches by Michalle

Question 10

Which 1988 Nobel Laureate in Literature gave the Nobel Lecture in which these words appear? They were read first in Arabic, then in the English translation you see here. "To begin with I would like to thank the Swedish Academy and its Nobel committee for taking notice of my long and perseverant endeavours, and I would like you to accept my talk with tolerance. For it comes in a language unknown to many of you. But it is the real winner of the prize. It is, therefore, meant that its melodies should float for the first time into your oasis of culture and civilization. I have great hopes that this will not be the last time either, and that literary writers of my nation will have the pleasure to sit with full merit amongst your international writers who have spread the fragrance of joy and wisdom in this grief-ridden world of ours."