Kosovo: the winner of the nobel prize to Peter Handke is unwelcome

Kosovo declares this year's recipient of the Nobel prize in literature, the austrian Peter Handke, for "persona non grata". Kosovo declares this year's re

Kosovo: the winner of the nobel prize to Peter Handke is unwelcome

Kosovo declares this year's recipient of the Nobel prize in literature, the austrian Peter Handke, for "persona non grata".

Kosovo declares this year's recipient of the Nobel prize in literature, the Austrian Peter Handke, for "persona non grata".

- today we have decided to declare the Peter Act is not welcome in Kosovo. He is a non-grata person from today. To deny the crimes and support criminals is a terrible crime, writes Kosovo's foreign minister, Behgjet Pacolli on Facebook.

the Decision to give Handke price has been highly contentious. The 76-year-old avant-garde writer and playwright have been accused of played down the Serbian war crimes.

Handke, who has visited Kosovo many times, caused a stir by participating in the former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic's funeral and expressed in the 1990's sympathy for the serbs during the wars in the aftermath of Yugoslavia's dissolution.

Handke is among other things known for the novel "the Keeper's fear of the penalty kick", as well as the script to Wim Wenders' film "the Sky over Berlin".

- Handke wins the prize 2019, for its influential work with a linguistic renewal, which he has explored the peripheral and the specificity of the human experience, say the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel prize in literature in the justification for the choice of Handke.

Handke is also noted for the influence he has had on literature, while he has had extraordinary attention on the material world.

The austrian writer and playwright got Ibsenprisen in 2014. He was met with demonstrations and accusations that he had played down the Serbian war crimes.

/ritzau/AFP

Updated Date: 11 December 2019, 19:00

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