Works by Nobel Prize winning authors

WHS which are "described" in a work by a Nobel Prize Winning author. Name author and work (book, poem, etc).

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Auschwitz Birkenau Imre Kertész (2002), Fatelessness
Brú na Bóinne Seamus Heaney (1995) - "Funeral Rites" in volume North
Budapest Imre Kertész (2002), Fatelessness
Canterbury TS Eliot (1948) - Murder in the Cathedral; Gurnah (2021): Pilgrims Way ("the novel ends with Daud's visit to Canterbury Cathedral")
Cartagena Marquez (1982) - Love in the time of Cholera - fictional place but probably Cartagena
Djémila "Le Vent a Djemila" (1938)- essay by Albert Camus from the collection "Noces". Camus muses on death - inspired by the ruins!.
Funerary and memory sites of the First World War Rudyard Kipling (1907), The King's Pilgrimage. This poem is based on the journey King George V took in 1922 to visit war cemeteries including Étaples Military Cemetery and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Kipling's only son died in World War I, and Kipling subsequently served as a literary advisor with the Imperial War Graves Commission. Kipling selected the Biblical quote "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE", found on the Stones of Remembrance at Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries and memorials.
Great Spa Towns of Europe "The future Nobel Prize winner Paul Heyse memorialised the Ems region in his novella, "Der Blinde von Dausenau"." (Nomination File, p. 205)
Historic Cairo Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Istanbul Istanbul, memories of a City by Orhan Pamuk
Kilimanjaro National Park Hemingway (1954) - Snows of Kilimanjaro
Lake District The region is also a recurring theme in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novella The Torrents of Spring. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in 1954.
Le Morne J.M.G. LeClézio (2008), The Prospector
Lima “La ciudad de los perros” from Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa (2010) takes place in Lima.
Lübeck Thomas Mann (1929) - Buddenbrooks
Machu Picchu Neruda (1971) - Alturas de Macchu Picchu
Mafra A major reference to the construction of the palace is made in the book Baltasar and Blimunda (Memorial do Convento), written by the Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago. Saramago makes a detailed description of the building process,.. (wiki)
Maulbronn Monastery Herman Hesse (1946) "Unterm Rad" 1906 ("Beneath the Wheel" or "The Prodigy")
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andri
Mexico City and Xochimilco Octavio Paz (1990) - The Labyrinth of Solitude
Mountain Railways of India Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling. Many set in Simla (now Shimla, part of Kalka-Shimla Railway).
Nice "Dimanches d'août" by Patrick Modiano is set in Nice. (Nomination file, p. 203)
Old City of Jerusalem Agnon (1966) - Only Yesterday (among others)
Paris, Banks of the Seine Roger Martin du Gard (1937) - The Thibaults; Patrick Modiano (2014) - Un cirque passe
Pitons Management Area Derek Walcott (1992) - Omeros
Reims GB Shaw (1925) - St Joan
Santa Cruz de Mompox Marquez (1982) - Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Santiniketan The Shantiniketan School song by Rabindranath Tagore (NP winner 1913).
Solovetsky Islands Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel Prize 1970) spends a great deal of Volume II of The Gulag Archipelago discussing the development of Solovki and the conditions there during the early Soviet regime. (wiki)
Southern Öland Selma Lagerlof (1909) - The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
St. Petersburg Mikhail Sholokhov (1965) - And Quiet Flows the Don
Stone Town of Zanzibar Gurnah (2021): several (Gurnah was born here), including Gravel Heart
Taj Mahal Rabindranath Tagore (1913) - "Shah Jahan"
Thingvellir Halldór Laxness (1955), Iceland's Bell. The eponymous bell was on the courthouse at Thingvellir, and the book opens with a party sent to take down the bell at the behest of Denmark, which ruled Iceland at the time.
Tipasa "Noces a Tipasa" (1938) from the collection "Noces" and "Retour a Tipasa" (1952) from the collection "Ete" - Essays by Albert Camus. The site contains a commemorative stone with a quotation and his name partly erased (he was a pied noir).
Valparaiso Pablo Neruda (1971) - "Oda a Valparaiso"
Venice and its Lagoon Thomas Mann (1929) - Death in Venice
Vienna Jose Saramago (1998), The Elephant's Journey


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