Criticism Rife over Nobel Prize for Literature

Criticism Rife over Nobel Prize for Literature

Two names were announced for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 and 2019. The Prize was suspended in 2018 because of a sexual assault scandal. The Swedish Academy which oversees the prestigious award named 57 year-old Olgar Tokarczuk for 2018 and Peter Handke for 2019. Tokarczuk also won the Man Booker International Prize last year.

Tokarczuk is considered a leading Polish novelist of her generation and was rewarded for a narrative imagination of encylopaedic passion for her novel 'Flights' with thre Man Booker International Prize last year. The author is a Polish best-seller whose books blend mythical with the real.

Peter Handke, the 76 year-old Austrian playwright, poet and novelist was recognized for his influential work that with linguistic ingenuity explores the periphery and specificity of human experience. One of the most thought-provoking writers in the Geman language, he has been one of the most influential writers in contemporary fiction.

However, Handke has been highly controversial for his support of the Serbs during the Yugoslav war in the 1990s. He also spoke at the funeral of former Serb leader Slobodn Milosevic who was accused of genocide and war crimes.