God, I long for the days when I laboured under the illusion that we artists were somehow better people. I mean, it wasn’t a very LONG span of time, but it was blissful and heady. Even committee members hate the Handke Nobel.
Peter Englund, the former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Friday that he would not participate this year because “to celebrate Peter Handke’s Nobel prize would be gross hypocrisy on my part”. Handke was set to give a press conference about his win at noon on Friday, with his laureate’s lecture due on Saturday. Formal presentation of his medal is timetabled for Tuesday.