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Peter Handke
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    (December 6, 1942- )
    Born in Griffen, Austria
    Wrote the novels 'The Hornets' (1966), 'The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick' (1970), 'Short Letter, Long Farewell' (1972), 'A Sorrow Beyond Dreams' (1972), 'A Moment of True Feeling' (1975), 'Repetition' (1986), 'My Year in the No-Man's Bay' (1994), 'Crossing the Sierra de Gredos' (2002), and 'The Moravian Night' (2008)
    Wrote the plays 'Offending the Audience' (1966), 'Kaspar' (1967), 'The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other' (1992), and 'Storm Still' (2010)
    Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (2019)
    He has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes, most notably by Salman Rushdie.
    He suggested massacres in Sarajevo were staged by Bosnian Muslims to make the Serbs look bad.
    He compared the fate of Serbs in the former Yugoslavia to that of Jews during the Holocaust.
    He delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic.
    He called for the Nobel Prize to be abolished, calling it a 'false canonization' of literature (2014).
    He said he would accept the Prize, saying that his criticism from five years previous had been from the perspective of 'a reader, not a writer.'
    He wrote screenplays for three Wim Wenders films.
    John Updike called him the finest writer in the German language.
    He apologized for comparing Serbs and Jews, calling it 'a slip of the tongue.'
    Several commentators noted that if it had not been for his views on Serbia, he probably would have won the Nobel Prize well before he actually did.

Credit: C. Fishel


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