Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Nobel Prizes In Literature Go To Peter Handke And Olga Tokarczuk

Nobel Prizes In Literature Go To Peter Handke And Olga Tokarczuk

The Swedish Academy in Stockholm crowned Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke Nobel Prize in literature for the years 2018 and 2019 respectively in Oslo today. While possible winners are always anyone's guess, the speculation is even more rampant this year given the many changes within the institution.

Peter Handke, who once called for the Nobel Literature Prize to be abolished, won "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience", it said.

Notable works include Short Letter, Long Farewell, the poetry collection The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld and A Sorrow Beyond Dreams about his mother, who killed herself in 1971.

But his staunch support of the Serbs during the 1990s Balkans wars has set him at odds with many other Western intellectuals.

The empty seats have since been filled, and literature professor Mats Malm took over as permanent secretary in June.

At issue is the Austrian's role at the 2006 funeral of Milosevic.

"This is a disgrace".

Arnault was accused of leaking the names of Nobel Prize winners as well as assaulting or harassing 18 women - including Crown Princess Victoria, heir to the Swedish throne - causing several members to resign.

Born to a German-Slovenian family near Austria's then-border with Yugoslavia, Mr Handke has argued that anyone in Milosevic's position "would have acted the same way" to protect his country's territory and people. Handke, however, eulogized Milosevic after the dictator's death, and "before an overflow crowd of some 20,000 radical Serb nationalists". Rushdie's publicist at Penguin Random House said Thursday that Rushdie stood by what he wrote in 1999. Each author will receive9 million SEK (roughly Rs. 6.5 crores).

"In a world full of brilliant writers, the Nobel committee chooses to reward a propagator of ethnic hatred & violence, "she said in a tweet".

"When he received the International Ibsen Award in 2014, the PEN Norway writers" association called for the selection jury's resignation.

Handke's work is not limited to one form of literature.

"I only talked to Peter Handke myself". They did not approve Handke because of his pro-Serbian statements and writings.

The Swedish Academy cited the "reduced public confidence" in the organization upon announcing the decision to shelve the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.

There was no Literature Nobel in 2018 after the Nobel Foundation stopped the Swedish Academy, the body that chooses the victor, from awarding the Prize. Frostenson has left the academy. She herself has said her literary work has been deeply inspired by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. "Since 1990 he has been based in Chaville, southwest of Paris, and from here he has made many productive journeys", said the Nobel Prize website about Handke. He also writes plays and is a political activist.

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