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A protester sits in front of pictures of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. U.S. officials want Chinese authorities to allow Liu and his family the freedom to choose his medical care. The hospital in Shenyang, China, that has been treating Liu for advanced liver cancer said Wednesday he was in life-threatening condition from multiple organ failure.

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Protesters mourn jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. Officials say China's most prominent political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has died. He was 61.

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Nobel prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi being welcomed by tribals during his arrival at Birsa Munda International Airport, Hinoo in Ranchi.

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Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus meeting the students during the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Seshadripuram First Grade College, in Bengaluru.

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Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen during a shooting for a documentary film on him, at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, is surrounded as she leaves a news conference in Minsk, Belarus.

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Nobel literature laureate Patrick Modiano bows after receiving his diploma and medal from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf during the Nobel award ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.

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French novelist and 2014 Nobel literature prizewinner Patrick Modiano before holding the Nobel lecture at the Swedish academy in Stockholm.

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Patrick Modiano delivering his Nobel Lecture in the hall of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

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Patrick Modiano of France wins the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Gabriel García Márquez, 87, the Colombian Nobel laureate, whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died at his home in Mexico City.

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FILE - In this April 17, 2006 file photo, Doris Lessing, 86, sits in her home in north London. Lessing, the free-thinking, world-traveling, often-polarizing writer of "The Golden Notebook" and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died at the age of 94.

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FILE - This June 25, 2009 file photo shows Canadian Author Alice Munro at a press conference at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature.

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2002 file photo, Canadian author Alice Munro poses for a photograph at the Canadian Consulate's residence in New York. Munro has won this year's Nobel Prize in literature.

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FILE - This June 25, 2009 file photo shows Canadian Author Alice Munro at a press conference at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature.

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In this Sunday, Dec. 10, 1995 photo from files, Irish poet Seamus Heaney, center, displays his Nobel literature prize medal, surrounded by his family, from left: his son Michael, daughter Catherine, his wife Marie and son Christopher, after receiving it from the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden. Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, died after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74.

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The 2012 Nobel Prize Laureates for Medicine Dr John B. Gurdon, left, of Britain and Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Japan, 2nd left, sit with Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature Mo Yan, 3rd left, of China and laureate for the prize in economic sciences Professor Alvin E. Roth of the USA during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.

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The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate, Mo Yan of China receives applause from Academy members after speaking during the traditional Nobel lecture at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden.

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FILE - Chinese author Mo Yan is seen during a news conference at the Frankfurt book fair in Frankfurt, central Germany, in this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 file photo. China's Mo Yan has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature.

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In this March 31, 2001 file photo, Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer poses for a photograph in his home in Stockholm, Sweden. The 2011 Nobel Prize in literature was awarded to Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet whose surrealistic works about the mysteries of the human mind won him acclaim as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since World War II.

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Peruvian Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, left, receives the Nobel Prize in Literature from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, right, at the Concert Hall in Stockholm.

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Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel laureate, talks at the library of Stockholm suburb Rinkeby, Sweden. Traditionally literature laureates meet school pupils in this multi-ethnical suburb the day before receiving the Nobel literature prize from the Swedish king. Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian and Spanish citizen.

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Colombia's Nobel Literature Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his latest book, titled "I Didn't Come Here to Make a Speech", at his home in Mexico City. The compilation of his speeches about politics, literature and other topics, was presented in Mexico City.

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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA, 74, the ’10 Literature Nobel. A Latin American favourite and conservative, he wasn’t one to “stay aloof from the world, like Proust”.

A vendor arranges newspapers whose front pages show images of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, at a stall in Lima, Peru. Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world who once ran for president in his homeland, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on October 7.

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Writer Mario Vargas Llosa speaks to reporters in New York after he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

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Writer Mario Vargas Llosa speaks to reporters in New York after he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

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Writer Mario Vargas Llosa speaks to reporters in New York after he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

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Writer Mario Vargas Llosa speaks to reporters in New York after news that he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

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In this 2010 photo released by the Princeton University Office of Communications, Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, Mario Vargas Llosa teaches a creative writing class, Techniques of the Novel, all in Spanish, at Princeton University in Princeton. Peruvian Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

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FILE - Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa laughs after receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa degree, from the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo, about 50 miles west of San Juan, in this Nov. 17, 2006 file photo. Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, who once ran for president in his homeland, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

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JOSE SARAMAGO, 87, Nobel-winning author who cauterised the orthodoxies in post-Salazar Portugal. The Gospel of Jesus Christ irked church and state alike.

A photo of Portuguese writer Jose Saramago, the first Portuguese Nobel Literature laureate in 1998 is seen in a bookshop in downtown Lisbon. Saramago died at 87 at his home in Lanzarote, one of Spain's Canary Islands, of multi-organ failure after a long illness, the Jose Saramago Foundation said.

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An unidentified person, left, pays her respects to Portuguese Nobel literature laureate Jose Saramago during his wake at a library in Tias on Spain's Canary island of Lanzarote. Jose Saramago's publisher says Nobel-winning Portuguese novelist died at his home in Lanzarote, one of Spain's Canary Islands at 87.

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German writer Herta Mueller holds a news conference in Berlin, Germany after she won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature.

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