The essay today in the New York Times about Peter Handke and his work and the Nobel Prize and the controversy surrounding it is more thorough and thoughtful than most recent responses. The headline is atrocious, and it’s too bad that the controversy takes away from the remarkable body of work for which the prize was awarded. But the fact that the piece includes assessments from novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard and Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelineck, not to mention Handke’s biographer Malte Herwig, Zarko Radakovic, and myself, makes this worth a read.
“I can’t think of a more obvious Nobel laureate than him,” the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard said in an email, adding that Handke had written masterpieces in every decade of his career.
“The great poet Handke has earned the Nobel Prize 10 times,” Elfriede Jelinek, an Austrian author who received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, said in a statement.