Turkish urges to revoke of Nobel Prize for Handke

Turkish urges to revoke of Nobel Prize for Handke

Turkey’s presidential spokesman on Dec. 7 called on the Swedish Academy to revert its decision to award Peter Handke with the Nobel Prize for Literature, dubbing it a “shameless decision”, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“On Monday [Dec. 9] Nobel Prize will give the Prize for Literature to Peter Handke who supports Milosevic and denies the Bosnian genocide. This shameless decision must be reverted,” İbrahim Kalın said on Twitter.

The Austrian playwright, novelist and poet Handke was awarded the 2019 prize in early October "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," according to the statement by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. Kalın warned that the prize would serve to encourage new genocides, and asked: “How can you award someone without moral consciousness and sense of shame?!”