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    Re: 2019 Award Season

    Here's a complete list of Nobel Prize winners of this year:

    Medicine: William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza of the US and Britain's Peter Ratcliffe split the nine million Swedish kronor ($914,000, 833,000 euros) award this year for discoveries on how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability, paving the way for new cancer treatments.

    Chemistry: John B Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino would receive this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are today used in everyday items; from mobile phones to remote controls and even electric vehicles.

    Physics: Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz would share this year's Nobel Prize in Physics "for theoretical discoveries that have contributed to our understanding of how the Universe evolved after the Big Bang".

    Literature: Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian novelist Peter Handke would receive 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature. The prize was postponed in 2018 after the academy was hit by a sexual assault scandal.

    Peace: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed would be given the Nobel Peace Prize this year for ending 20 years of hostility with neighbouring Eritrea.

    Economics: Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer will share the Economics Nobel prize 2019 for their "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty".
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  2. #17

    Re: 2019 Award Season

    Swedish Academy defends Peter Handke's controversial Nobel win
    Members behind decision to award Austrian writer the prize in literature say he will be seen as an ‘obvious choice’ in 50 years

    Alison Flood
    Mon 21 Oct 2019 13.09 BST

    The Swedish Academy has defended its controversial choice of Peter Handke as this year’s Nobel literature laureate, saying that it had “obviously not intended to reward a war criminal and denier of war crimes or genocide. But that’s the impression you get in the media right now.”

    Writing in the Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter, academy members Mats Malm and Eric M Runesson admitted that Handke had “definitely made provocative, inappropriate and unclear statements on political issues”, according to a translation by the BBC. But they said that they had “found nothing in what he has written that involves attacks on civil society or respect for the equal value of all people”, and asked: “What we wonder is what sources the critics used and why Handke’s own statements are ignored.”

    The choice of Handke has drawn widespread criticism, due to the Austrian writer’s denial of Serb atrocities during the Balkans war and his decision to attend the funeral of war criminal Slobodan Milošević. His 1996 book A Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia contested the facts of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. In 2006, it was reported that when critics pointed out to Handke that the bodies of victims were evidence of Serb atrocities, the Austrian writer replied: “You can stick your corpses up your arse.”

    Handke has been described as “the Bob Dylan of genocide apologists” by Bosnian-American novelist Aleksandar Hemon. More than 38,000 people have signed a petition calling for the revocation of Handke’s Nobel. The charity Remembering Srebrenica has said that his win “endorsed ethnic and religious hatred, Serbian nationalism and genocide denial”.

    Nobel committee for literature members Henrik Petersen and Rebecka Kärde, part of the group that evaluates the nominations for the Nobel and presents recommendations to the Swedish Academy, have also defended the choice. Petersen, writing in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, described Handke as an “anti-nationalistic” advocate for peace, according to a translation by AFP.

    “In 50 years ... Peter Handke, just like Beckett, will be among the most obvious choices the Swedish Academy ever made, of that I am certain,” he wrote.


    Peterson argued that Handke is “radically unpolitical” in his writing, and said his support for the Serbs had been misunderstood. The main thrust of his argument was that the Serbian point of view was missing in German and Austrian media.

    Also writing in Dagens Nyheter, Kärde said: “When we give the award to Handke, we argue that the task of literature is other than to confirm and reproduce what society’s central view believes is morally right.”

    While she wrote that she didn’t want to “apologise for the hair-raising things that Handke has undoubtedly said and done”, she said that the Nobel committee concluded that he “absolutely deserves a Nobel prize”.

    Handke himself has said that he will never talk to journalists again following a deluge of questions about his political views. “I’m standing at my garden gate and there are 50 journalists – and all of them just ask me questions like you do, and from not a single person who comes to me I hear they have read any of my works or know what I have written,” he told the Austrian broadcaster ORF last week. “It’s only questions like how does the world react. Reactions to reactions to reactions. I am a writer, I come from Tolstoy, from Homer, from Cervantes. Leave me in peace and don’t ask me questions like that.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...box=1571670817
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  3. #18

    Re: 2019 Award Season

    Also writing in Dagens Nyheter, Kärde said: “When we give the award to Handke, we argue that the task of literature is other than to confirm and reproduce what society’s central view believes is morally right.”
    As someone who majored in English Lit I'm gonna have to think about this. It's one thing to write about the universality of "humanity" and there are many ways to do it. What she's saying is, in my opinion, separating someone like "Leni" Riefenstahl from her photographs.

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  4. #19

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    ....and I, for one, disagree with their position. It is not like he was the only writer on the planet worthy of the honor. I'd rather see the award go elsewhere, to someone with a FAR less questionable history.

    GH

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    Re: 2019 Award Season

    Catching up... Agree with GH. The Nobel prize is specifically awarded to a person rather than to a work. That means what a person, especially a public person whose work and words are recorded, has said and written matters and can make them not "deserve" an award.


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