I have a special place in my heart for H. Murakami though I hold out little hope for his winning. The Nobel Committee does not seem to hold East Asian writing to be any more noteworthy than they do American (writing). *smiles*
But still, lest I come to be seen as a Swedish basher, I must remark: It is their prize. Let them bestow it as they will.
For the rest of us shall always have Simon's Cat!