Why is the Nobel Prize in Literature so controversial?

awards ceremony with actors slap each other Embarrassing winners on stage and host obfuscate…and then the Nobel Prizes, very serious and rather pompous ceremonies that, in our opinion, are a far cry from the drama of a chemistry lab.

However, one of the Nobel Prizes has proven to be endlessly controversial: the Nobel Prize in Literature, to be announced this Thursday (October 6).

First awarded in 1901, the Nobel Prize recognizes scientists, experts, and writers for their groundbreaking, world-shaking, and often life-changing research and work that is considered to have greatly benefited humanity.

In most cases—such as awards in medicine, physics and chemistry—even if the selection of an expert or team of experts awarded may be considered controversial among those vying for the title, it is difficult for the public to judge in this In fact, because these studies are often very technical, they are almost obscure to those unfamiliar with these topics.

But in literature, there is a good chance that many people will read the authors of the prestigious awards that the Swedish Academy considers every year. All the more so because the Nobel Prize is not awarded to an individual book, but to the work of an author.

This is probably why the Nobel Prize in Literature is considered the most controversial of any category to harm the Nobel Prize.

The following is around The Nobel Prize in Literaturewhich is far from encompassing all the debate these awards have caused.

2019: Peter Handke, Bosnian Genocide Denier

Possibly one of the most controversial literary awards is the Austrian writer Peter Handke, a well-known denier of the Bosnian genocide during the Balkan wars in the 1990s and a close supporter of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic By.

Hundreds of people protested outside the awards ceremony in Sweden, where nearly 60,000 people signed a petition calling for the Swedish Academy to withdraw the award. Most notably, the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Turkey issued official condemnations of the award, while ambassadors from Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Turkey boycotted the ceremony.

2016: “The Old, Chattering Hippie” and Bob Dylan

When the Swedish Academy Announces the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature as an American Singer-Songwriter bob dylanthe public reaction has been mixed: Is Dylan even a novelist?

Dylan himself remained silent on the announcement and did not show up to accept the award. Although Dylan wrote beautiful lyrics and poetry that marked a revolutionary phase in American music, the impression was given that he hardly wanted to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Even his fans were baffled by the choice of the Swedish Academy.

Scottish novelist Owen Wales said: “I’m a Dylan fan, but it’s an ill-considered nostalgia prize from the rancid prostate of an aging, chattering hippie.” Lebanese novelist Rabih Alameddine to win Nobel Dylan of the Literary Prize likened the award to Mrs Fields – an American chain of biscuits – three Michelin stars. Ouch.

2010: “The King of Controversy” Mario Vargas Llosa

When you think of Vargas Llosa, you think more of his political views than his books.

The Peruvian writer, known as the “King of Controversies”, is undoubtedly one of Latin America’s most important novelists and essayists, and one of the greatest. But he was also a writer who abandoned his initial socialist commitment to right-wing politics and ran for president of Peru in 1990. For many, his victory was a controversial choice for the Swedish Academy.

1902-1906: The Snobby Leo Tolstoy

Before Leo DiCaprio became some meme about forever being an Oscar nominee but never winning (which eventually changed in 2016), there was another Leo who was hoping to win big in his field every year, but from Not really done: Leo Tolstoy.

Tolstoy is considered one of the best writers of all time and one of the great masters of Russian literature, and he certainly worked hard to get such recognition, producing some of the longest works ever written, as well as some of the best.

Rumor has it that the Swedish Academy never awarded the Tolstoy Prize due to the difficult and hostile history between Sweden and Russia. To be sure, Tolstoy died in 1910, but never received such prestigious recognition.

His company is good: world-renowned writers such as James Joyce, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Mark Twain and others have never won the award.

This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature

This year’s Nobel Prize nominees are hardly controversial.

Popular favorites to win include beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie and Indian-born Anglo-American Salman Rushdie, who recently became brutal knife attack According to reports, his novel “The Satanic Verses” is only two pages long.

But even if this year’s awards have managed to shake off controversy, many are wondering if we still need the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Considering that this century-old institution seems to be striving to be more inclusive and relevant, should we still give it the same respect it has given it for decades?


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