Having just experienced the “stop award” storm in the previous year, the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature has once again fallen into a huge controversy that has never been seen before: Peter Handek, one of the two winners, a well-known Austrian writer, In the early years, he was labeled as “political incorrect” for supporting former Yugoslav President Milosevic and speaking for the Serbs. After receiving the award, he was criticized by a number of Western mainstream media, and politicians from many countries have publicly resisted the award ceremony. According to the BBC report on the 11th, this year’s Nobel Prize has been extremely controversial since the judging process. Prior to the awards ceremony, two members of the Literary Awards Jury had announced their resignation. One of them had a clear objection to awarding the award to Handek, while expressing disagreement with the spirit of judging that “literature is more political”. At the awards ceremony dinner held on the 10th, Handek was arranged at the farthest position from the king and queen, and was considered “cold” by the media.
Earlier, diplomatic representatives from Albania, Croatia, Turkey and Kosovo have expressed resistance to the ceremony. Turkish President Erdogan publicly criticized the decision to award the Nobel Prize in Literature to Handek on the 10th, saying that awarding the prize to a “racist” is tantamount to “rewarding human rights violations.” “I didn’t expect I would be sickened by a Nobel prize,” Albanian Prime Minister Rama said on Twitter. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also listed Handek as “unpopular.”
According to reports, Handek’s controversy originated during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Western media at the time blamed Serbia’s timely leadership of Yugoslav leader Milosevic on the one hand, while Handek expressed a different view that Western media opinions were biased and some “unverified” The allegations are a crime of Serbs. He believes that the media should listen to Serbian voices, realize that war is not made with a slap, and should not write reports in black and white. For this reason, he has long been “criticized” by public opinion, and has been labeled as a “mass denier” political label.
The United States’ “Foreign Policy” magazine claims that even Handek’s sharpest critics have fully affirmed his literary accomplishments. In a report entitled “Genius, Holocaust Denier, or Both”, the New York Times quoted the celebrities in European literary circles as saying that Handek’s literary talent is indeed better than others. Win the Nobel Prize.
“Russia Today” news network satirely said that all the infamy that Handek was carrying was nothing more than his political views that were inconsistent with the Western establishment, and the “double standard” feature of Western public opinion was once again revealed.