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The Nobel Prize for Literature 2019, the Austrian Peter Handke , has permanently suspended a meeting with the press, scheduled for Wednesday, after stating that "he never wants to talk to journalists," the public broadcaster ORF reports today.
On the occasion of the award, Handke was received Tuesday through Wednesday night in Griffen, his hometown, by the mayor of that town, the governor of the federated State of Carinthia (southern Austria) and by other local dignitaries.
Some journalists also participated in the same act, who asked the writer a few questions, including criticisms of his person for his past support of Serbian authoritarian President Slobodan Milosevic .
At that moment of the conversation, partially recorded on video, Handke points out, visibly altered: " I am a writer, I come from Tolstoy, I come from Homer , I come from Cervantes. Leave me alone and don't ask me this kind of question!"
The writer had remembered shortly before the moment he lived after meeting last week the news of having received the Nobel Prize 2019.
" In front of my garden (on the outskirts of Paris) there are 50 journalists . Everyone always asks like you. From any person who comes to me I hear that you have read something of my work, who knows what I have written. The only question is how the world reacts. Reaction to reaction, "said the writer.
Off camera, Handke added, according to ORF, that "never again" will answer questions from journalists, because despite the Nobel Prize no journalist is really interested in his literature and writings.
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