Swedish Academy member to boycott Nobel week over Handke prize

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Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Peter Handke reacts throughout a information convention on the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden December 6, 2019. Anders Wiklund/TT Information Company/by way of Information ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN.

STOCKHOLM (Information) – A member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel literature prize, stated on Friday he would boycott this 12 months’s celebrations in protest on the award being given to Austrian author Peter Handke, a supporter of Serbia’s late president.

The Academy has been criticized for its alternative of Handke over his help for Slobodan Milosevic, who died whereas in detention awaiting trial on the U.N. battle crimes tribunal in The Hague for his position in Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Handke, the writer of “The Goalie’s Anxiousness on the Penalty Kick” and “Gradual Homecoming” spoke at Milosevic’s funeral in 2006.

“I’m not going to take part on this 12 months’s Nobel week,” Peter Englund stated in a letter to day by day Dagens Nyheter. “To have a good time Peter Handke’s Nobel Prize could be gross hypocrisy on my half.”

Englund, who headed the Academy till 2015 and stays one in all its 18 members, didn’t instantly reply to Information makes an attempt to contact him. The Swedish Academy didn’t instantly reply to requests for a remark.

In an electronic mail to Dagens Nyheter, Academy Everlasting Secretary Mats Malm stated he had no touch upon Englund’s choice.

Handke will maintain a press convention in a while Friday as a part of every week of celebrations for the winners of this 12 months’s Nobels.

He’ll formally be given the 9 million crown ($935,000) award on Dec. 10, earlier than attending the normal Nobel banquet later the identical day.

Reporting by Simon Johnson; enhancing by Niklas Pollard and Giles Elgood