Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest over Serb war crimes

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest over Serb war crimes

- Handke wins the prize 2019, for its influential work with a linguistic renewal, which he has explored the peripheral and the specificity of the human experience, say the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel prize in literature in the justification for the choice of Handke.

Awarding the Nobel Prize to Peter Handke will only encourage "enemies of Islam and humanity", the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan' said on Tuesday.

Emir Suljagic leads the Srebrenica Memorial Center, devoted to the memory of the over 8,000 men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces in a single day in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Erdogan also said that it is joining Albania and Kosovo in boycotting the Academy awards ceremony in order to protest its choice for awarding the Australian Author.

Several countries including Turkey boycotted the award ceremony as Turkish, Albanian, Kosovan and Croatian envoys to Sweden did not attend.

"He has expressed solidarity and sympathy for people who have carried out so many evil things during the war in Bosnia", said Ernada Osmic, a Bosnian refugee who came to Sweden in 1995 and who attended the protest with her 27-year-old daughter Lejla.

Meanwhile, protests also took place in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, where a giant electronic display showed Handke next to skills with the message "Shame on You".

Olsson responded to a letter from survivors of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina: "It is obvious that we understand Peter Handke's literary work in very different ways".

"Justification of war atrocities during the Yugoslavia break-up must not be rewarded", he said, adding: "This will exclusively strengthen the state of denial that must be overcome and strongly condemned".

A defiant Handke refused to answer any questions regarding his support for Milošević during a news conference held on Friday in Stockholm.

"No, no, please don't worry - I solemnly declare that I wrote all my books myself", she said to laughter. "It's literature", he said.

Rebecka Kärde said she didn't want to "apologise for the hair-raising things that Handke has undoubtedly said and done".

Back then, "reporting about Serbia was monotone and one-sided", Handke told Die Zeit.

One Nobel Committee for Literature member, Henrik Peterson, has argued that Handke is "radically unpolitical" in his writing, and his support for the Serbs has been misunderstood.

The Nobel Foundation threatened to strip the academy of its best to provide the trophy following Arnault was accused of rape and sexual assault by 18 girls and awarded a two-year prison sentence.

Also speaking to Dagens Nyheter, Englund said: "to celebrate Peter Handke's Nobel prize would be gross hypocrisy on my part".

Every year the Nobel Prizes are presented on December 10 in memory of Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and other explosives, who passed away on that day in 1896.

In 2014 Handke called for the Nobel Literature Prize to be abolished, saying it conferred a "false canonisation" on the laureate.

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