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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Nobel judge resigns over last year's prize

One of the Nobel Literature judges has spat the dummy over the award, to last year's winner Elfriede Jelinek. Now it is not unusual,
Two members of the eighteen member academy have refused to take part in the organisation's work since 1989. Kerstin Ekman and Lars Gyllensten suspended their involvement after fellow academy members refused to issue a statement condemning the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
But Knut Ahnlund has resigned because he thinks her writing was "one dimensional" and he wonders which faction voted for it and if they actually read all two dozen or so of her works. But what really seems to get him hot under the collar is
Ahnlund argues that last year's literature prize has damaged progressive forces and has confused the public's view of literature.
Progressive forces? What does that mean and what does the literature prize have to do with promoting such things, isn't it for good literature? He says
Knut Ahnlund argues that last year's controversial choice could force the Academy to choose a winner who will restore the prize's standing.
Aaaahhhhummmmm, shouldn't you choose a winner like that anyway?
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Posted by Chefen | 10/11/2005 10:40:00 PM