Stockholm (AP) - In protest against the Nobel Prize for Literature for the writer Peter Handke a longtime member of the Swedish Academy boycotted this year's Nobel Week.
"To celebrate Peter Handke's Nobel Prize would, from my side, be gross hypocrisy. That's all I have to say, "Peter Englund told the Swedish newspaper" Dagens Nyheter "in an e-mail. For this reason, the academician will not participate in celebrations around the Nobel Prize for literature. On the list of participants for the Nobel Ceremony next Tuesday at the Stockholm Concert Hall, the name Englund is already missing.
Englund, who was Permanent Secretary of the Academy from 2009 to 2015, had reported on the Balkan War as a reporter in the 1990s. According to «Dagens Nyheter», he spoke out against Serb nationalism and the actions of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. Handke had given a speech in 2006 at the funeral of Milosevic.