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Nobel in Literature to Austrian Author Stirs Controversy

A girl inspects coffins prepared for burial, in Potocari near Srebrenica, Bosnia. The remains of 33 victims of Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, 2019, 24 years after Serb troops executed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

VOA’s Dzeilana Pecanin and Ivana Kostantinovic contributed to this report.

Almost immediately after Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke were awarded the Nobel Literature Prize, reactions started to pour in, lamenting Handke’s positions about war crimes in the Balkans.

Handke won the 2019 prize for “an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience” while Tokarczuk won the 2018 prize “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”

Praise from academy

In its motivation for Handke, the Swedish Academy says that with his debut read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com