Not even this year did the Albanians have the chance to celebrate the Nobel Prize for literature, given that the writer Ismail Kadare he didn't win it.
In reality, the Albanians have only to remain bitter, reading the name of this year's winner.
Peter Handke: he cried for the criminal Milosevic
The Austrian writer awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019, Peter Handke, is known to have been a sympathizer of Slobodan Milosevic, convicted of war crimes, a name that has brought so much death and pain to the Balkan region and to the Albanians of Kosovo.
Milosevic, a former Yugoslav president, was charged with genocide and other war crimes in connection with the Yugoslavian wars of the 1991-1995 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia before his death.
Hanke, a writer that the Swedish Academy praised for "the linguistic ingenuity in exploring human experiences" will be remembered by the Albanians as the man who mourned the last Balkan dictator, Milosevic.
At the funeral of the former Yugoslav president, in 2006, Handke had given a touching speech in Serbian in which he described himself as "close to Yugoslavia, near Serbia, near Slobodan Milosevic".
The premiums revoked
It was for this public behavior that the Austrian writer was denied the prestigious literary prize 'Heinrich Heine' in Germany, although he was formally nominated. "The award to Handke is a slap in the face to those who have suffered the wars of Milosevic," the German politicians said in their discussion.
The Düsseldorf City Council asked the jury to dissolve and cancel the verdict, because Handke's name and his open sympathy for the war criminal were unacceptable to the German public. But Handke retired from the prize before a decision was made, so as to avoid further debates.
Even in France this political sympathy of the writer has not been well received, since the Comedie Française theater has decided to remove the Handkes drama "Voyage to the Sonorous or the Art of Asking" from its programming.
It seems, however, that the Swedish Nobel Prize Academy was not influenced by this important detail of the life of the Austrian writer, although in the past the Nobel prizes tended to be politically correct in the choice of the winners.
Translation ofarticle appeared in the Albanian newspaper Mapo
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