IT SEEMS HARD to imagine that the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prize in literature, didn’t know that it could be fanning the flames of Europe’s tradition wars. On October 10th Olga Tokarczuk, a dreadlocked vegetarian feminist, gained the prize for 2018. On the similar time the 2019 award was given to Peter Handke (pictured), an Austrian whom many see as an apologist for genocide.
Final 12 months the academy didn’t award its prize as a result of it was engulfed in a intercourse scandal. This 12 months the 2 awards induced controversy which had nothing to do with the literary deserves of both. One in all Mr Handke’s most infamous books is his 1996 “Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia”, which he revealed as a part of his defence of Slobodan Milosevic and the wartime leaders of the Serbs. The award has despatched shock waves by means of the previous Yugoslavia and past.
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