World Peter Handke won the Nobel for his ‘great artistry.’ Critics say he’s an apologist for genocide.
Nobel Prize in medicine goes to scientists who uncover how our cells use oxygen
The discovery could mean new treatments for diseases.The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute on Monday awarded the joint prize to William G. Kaelin, Jr. of Harvard University, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe of Oxford University and Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University.
As they announced Austrian author Peter Handke as one of the two winners of the Nobel Prize in literature for 2019, the judges at the Swedish Academy highlighted the “great artistry” in his exploration of the “periphery and the specificity of human experience.”
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That relationship prompted a visceral reaction from those who remembered the violence of Milosevic’s Serbia. “This is the single most offensive possible decision,” Petrit Selimi, the former foreign minister of Kosovo,. “What’s next? Assad for Peace Prize?
Vlora Citaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to Washington,“a propagator of ethnic hatred & violence” and of him at Milosevic’s funeral in 2006. Albania’s acting foreign minister, Gent Cakaj, wrote that the Nobel had been awarded to “a genocide denier."
Writers and academics also expressed unease on social media. Historian Orlando Figes wrote that he was deeply shocked that Handke had won the Nobel,as a “notorious apologist for the murderous regime of Slobodan Milosevic.”
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino for their research in improving battery technology. © JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/AFP/Getty Images The Nobel Prize takes its name from Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel. The trio will share the prize for their work on "the development of lithium-ion batteries," according to the Nobel committee."Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles," tweeted the committee.
For the Nobel judges, it may be an unwelcome return to controversy. The unprecedented decision to confer two prizes this year had occurred in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that erupted in late 2017, leading to a decision to delay last year’s prize.
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk also won the prize Thursday, making her one of only 15 women to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature since it was first given out in 1901.
Both Handke and Tokarczuk are widely considered masterful writers, with the Austrian’s long and productive career dating to 1966 and his debut novel, “The Hornets.” But Handke has been dogged by his links to Serbian nationalism since the 1990s.
In 1996, Handke wrote an essay about a trip to Serbia for the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung that questioned the media’s portrayal of Serbs as the aggressor in the conflicts sparked after the collapse of the Yugoslavian state.
Austrian Handke and Pole Tokarczuk win Nobel Prizes for Literature
Austria's Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the postponed 2018 award went to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday. © Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images The logo of the Karolinska Institute, where the Nobel Assembly announces the award of Nobel Prize. Handke won the 2019 prize for "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," the Academy said in a statement.
“In an effort to bring the war to their customers, international magazines from Time to the Nouvel Observateur relentlessly portray the Serbs as evil and the Muslims as the usual good guy,” Handke.
The article was published a year after a massacre in the town of Bosnian Srebrenica after Serbian forces overran a Muslim-held enclave and killed.
When NATO allies later bombed Serbia, Handke again rose to the country’s defense. In 1999, when appearing on Serbian television, he suggested that he might like to be a “Serbian Orthodox monk fighting for Kosovo” and compared the plight of the Serbs to the persecution of Jews (he later apologized for).
After Milosevic died in his prison cell in The Hague in 2006 while on trial for war crimes, Handke spoke at his funeral in Serbia, telling a crowd of thousands that he was “close to Yugoslavia, close to Serbia, close to Slobodan Milosevic.”
Tokarczuk is 1st woman to be honored this year
Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk is the first woman this year to be awarded a Nobel Prize — although strictly speaking her prize is for 2018. Tokarczuk is only the 15th woman to win the Nobel literature prize in more than a century and the first since Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich in 2015.
Handke, who was born to a German father and a Slovenian mother and raised near Austria’s border with what was then Yugoslavia, has said his family history is why he is so interested in the Balkans.
“I am a writer and not a judge,” he toldin 2006 after attending Milosevic’s funeral. “I’m a lover of Yugoslavia — not so much Serbia, but Yugoslavia — and I wanted to accompany the fall of my favorite country in Europe, and this is one of the reasons to be at the funeral.”
The links to Serbia had long earned Handke derision among his peers. Author Salman Rushdie nominated him as “moron of the year” in 1999, while David Rieff, a writer
“The truth is that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, except presumably, as he does throughout much of the
The links had long been a problem in receiving other prizes, too. In 2006, he was nominated for Dusseldorf’s Heinrich Heine Prize, but the award was withdrawn after members of the city council objected. When he won thein 2014, one academic Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels the “Immanuel Kant Prize.”
Handke did go on to accept the Ibsen in Oslo and in a defensive acceptance speech told his critics to “go to hell.” However, he renounced thethat came with the award.
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize .
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea. © Reuters/Tiksa Negeri FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks at a news conference at his office in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility. The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns, or around $900,000, will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10.