For obvious reasons, I’m not on the side of the Serbs in the Yugoslavian wars, but I don’t understand why Handke’s position on the Serbian conflict is in any way relevant to his Nobel win. I never read him and I’m trying to decide if I should but there’s zero discussion of what and how he writes.
I believe, for instance, that the Salvadoran novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya deserves the Nobel asap because he’s an absolute genius. Were I to discover that, for some unfathomable reason, he’s an inveterate Putinoid who cheered the invasion of the Donbass, this would have zero impact on my belief that he’s a literary genius and deserves the Nobel. Because he is and he does.
It well may be that, as Salman Rushdie (who is also a literary genius) says, Handke is a mega-moron. But who cares? Is he a good writer? That’s all I want to know.
Would it be weird, by the way, if I teach a course on Castellanos Moya? A whole course, just on him. That would be heavenly.