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Abigail Nussbaum
Me: *reading about Olga Tokarczuk, co-winner of this year's Liteature Nobel* wow, she sounds great! *bookmarks half a dozen of her books* Me: I guess I should read about the other guy who won too. *googles Peter Handke* Me: ... Me: ... Me: ...a Milosevic apologist, you say?
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Abigail Nussbaum Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
Never change, Nobel committee.
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Ian Mond Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
She is great. Can't speak for Handke.
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Abigail Nussbaum Oct 10
Replying to @Mondyboy
The "controversies" section in his wikipedia entry is longer than the one about his writing. So.
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Karolina Fedyk, pigeon whisperer Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
Tokarczuk is great. I just learned about Handke and it sours the whole celebration.
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Abigail Nussbaum Oct 10
Replying to @karigrafia
It honestly feels a bit deliberate. "Here's an anti-fascist Polish writer! And to balance it out, here's a guy who spoke at Milosevic's funeral and has come this close to denying genocide!"
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oftosherwoodforest Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
Handke is a terrible choice. His views are atrocious and his literature is boring and not insightful, unless you have an endless stomach for male navel gazing.
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Abigail Nussbaum Oct 10
Replying to @Nixennacht
I only read the wikipedia entry and went NOPE, but I have to say that what it had to say about his writing (as opposed to his Milosevic apologia) didn't sound terribly appealing. As you say, terribly manpain-y and self-regarding.
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Indrapramit Das Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
I've only read Tokarczuk's Flights, and I *definitely* recommend it. It's amazing.
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Gautam Bhatia Oct 10
Flights is very good, yeah.
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Evelyn Chirson Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
In addition to being a great writer, she is also much disliked by our awful government, making her win particularly joyful, a ray of light in a dark timeline.
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Evelyn Chirson Oct 10
Replying to @NussbaumAbigail
I hate that the other guy's atrociousness is detracting attention from.her that she deserves! And it's already a little sad that she gets lumped into a two awards year instead of having more spotlight.
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