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Austrian Nobel winner Handke slams criticism

Austrian Nobel literature prize winner Peter Handke has slammed criticism against him, saying journalists were more interested in the row about his support for the Serbs than in his works. The Nobel awarded to him last week sparked a debate in the Balkans and beyond against honouring Handke, an admirer of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. Organisers cancelled a planned press meeting with Handke in his native Carinthia state in Austria on Wednesday after he angrily replied to journalists who came to meet him late Tuesday. The 76-year-old has lived on the outskirts of Paris for decades. No one who comes to me says that he has read any of my works, that he knows what I have written. It s just questions how the world reacts, reactions to reactions, he said, appealing to journalists to leave him alone in peace . I m a writer. I come from (Russian writer Leo) Tolstoy, I come from Homer, I come from (Spain s Miguel de) Cervantes, he said. In the 1990s, Handke emerged as a vocal


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