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Nobel Prizes in literature embody our darkest divides

Published on: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 1:01:41 UTC
News Agency: CNN
"You know it was we who protected you from the Asian hordes for centuries. And without us you would still be eating with your fingers." So declares a character defending the Serbs (and their attendant massacres) in author Peter Handke's war play "Voyage by Dugout." While these are the words of a character, that character's creator, Handke, famously spoke at the 2006 funeral of Serb dictator and war criminal Slobodan Milosevic -- and has now been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, to the consternation of many.

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