Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke Awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature

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The 2018 and 2019 laureates were named at the same time because last year’s prize was postponed over a scandal involving a husband of an academy member.

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Nobel Prize in Literature Awards Stir Controversy
Nobel Prize in Literature Awards Stir Controversy. The awards for 2018 and 2019 were awarded to Central European writers, Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, respectively. Out of the 116 Nobel laureates for literature, Tokarczuk is the 15th woman to receive the prize. The Nobel committee's naming of Peter Handke stirred controversy in both the literary and European political worlds. He is an outspoken, right-leaning writer, known for delivering the eulogy for former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic. Milosevic was charged with crimes against humanity for his role in the genocide committed during the Yugoslav Wars. We are dumbfounded by the selection of a writer who has used his public voice to undercut historical truth and offer public succor to perpetrators of genocide, Jennifer Egan, PEN America, via 'The New York Times'. The committee responded to the controversy. It is not in the Academy’s mandate to balance literary quality against political considerations, Nobel Committee statement, via 'The New York Times'. Olga Tokarczuk expressed joy at being recognized alongside Handke. I am also very happy that Peter Handke has received the award with me, I value him very much, Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Laureate, via 'The New York Times'

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