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Post by magicmuggle01 on Oct 11, 2019 2:53:00 GMT -8
Critics have hit out at the decision to give Peter Handke a Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Austrian playwright, novelist and poet was awarded the 2019 prize on Thursday.
He is a highly controversial figure for his support for the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war.
Albania's Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj wrote on Twitter that the award was shameful and had been awarded to a "genocide denier".
The Austrian author said he was "astonished" at winning the prize adding that the decision was "very courageous by the Swedish Academy". His award was widely praised in Austria while the mayor of Belgrade, Zoran Radojicic, spoke of "a great writer, humanist and a man who loves Serbia".
The Swedish Academy which oversees the prestigious award said in a statement that Handke had been recognised for "an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience".
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Well, I guess you can't please everybody. I feel like the quality of the literary work is what is being judged here, rather than the content which is controversial. Congrats to Peter Handke for his win.
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