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Writer Handke steers clear of controversy in Nobel lecture

Stockholm - Austrian writer Peter Handke devoted his Nobel Academy speech to literary questions Saturday, avoiding the controversy over his pro-Serbian views that led Kosovo to announce a boycott of next week's awards ceremony.

In Kosovo, the tiny Serb village with a friend in Handke

Orahovac - In the small wine-growing village of Velika Hoca in southern Kosovo, every household has a copy of a Peter Handke book.

Australian broadcaster and writer Clive James dies aged 80

London - Clive James, the Australian broadcaster, writer, critic and poet who charmed generations of Britons with his humour and wit, has died at the age of 80, his agents said Wednesday.

Literature Nobel winner Handke defends support of Serbs

Berlin - Austrian Nobel literature prize winner Peter Handke on Wednesday defended his vocal support for Serbs in the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia, but said he "never bowed down" before Slobodan Milosevic.

Oscar Wilde's stolen ring found by Dutch 'art detective'

Amsterdam - A golden ring once given as a present by the famed Irish writer Oscar Wilde has been recovered by a Dutch "art detective" nearly 20 years after it was stolen from Britain's Oxford University.

Srebrenica survivors protest Handke's Nobel prize

Sarajevo - Women from Srebrenica, site of the worst massacre during Yugoslavia's bloody collapse, protested in Sarajevo on Tuesday against the award of the Nobel literature prize to Peter Handke, an Austrian accused of being a Serb apologist during the 1990s wars...

Travel boom has not made world smaller, says writer Pico Iyer

Fpo - From crowded temples at Angkor Wat to queues to scale Everest, there's no escaping the downsides to mass tourism but renowned writer Pico Iyer says the boom in world travel has brought positive changes.

Hong Kongers need more support, dissidents tell German book fair

Frankfurt Am Main - Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu and former Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee on Thursday urged European countries to step up support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators, as they joined an umbrella vigil at the Frankfurt book fair.

Atwood, Rushdie vie for Britain's 50th Booker Prize

Britain's storied Booker Prize will pit literary giants Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie against four emerging stars when it unveils the winner Monday on its 50th anniversary award.

Nobel winner Tokarczuk calls on Poles to choose democracy

Warsaw - Poles will choose between "democracy and authoritarianism" in Sunday's general election, author Olga Tokarczuk, said on Friday, a day after winning the 2018 Nobel Prize for literature.

Handke's Nobel riles Balkans and authors

Belgrade - Austrian writer Peter Handke's Nobel literature prize win has irked the Balkans, while voices beyond the region spoke out against honouring an admirer of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Post-scandal Academy to award two Nobel Literature prizes

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy will crown two Nobel literature laureates on Thursday, after postponing last year's prize over a sexual harassment scandal.

Renia Spiegel, 'Poland's Anne Frank', gets her due

Warsaw - Barely a year after celebrating her first kiss, wartime Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel took to her diary in June 1942 to pray for her life.

Chess and boxing create 'essence of excellence'

Paris - Dripping with sweat, gasping for breath and desperately trying to refocus after fending off hooks and throwing uppercuts, Nikopol warily moves his bishop across the chessboard...

Ex-PM Cameron no regrets on sparking Brexit referendum

London - Former British prime minister David Cameron said Friday he had no regrets about launching the Brexit referendum but accused current PM Boris Johnson of behaving "appallingly" during the pre-vote campaigning.

Margaret Atwood unveils sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale'

London - Margaret Atwood released the much-anticipated sequel to her award-winning 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale" on Tuesday, with "The Testaments" set to become a similar smash.

Atwood, Rushdie shortlisted for Booker Prize

London - Two previous winners, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, were shortlisted on Tuesday for the Booker Prize for the best English-language fiction to be awarded in October.

Final 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' novel hits shelves

Stockholm - It is only right that a best-selling novel series about an unstoppable computer-hacker assassin should go out with a bang.

Nobel laureate and US 'national treasure' Toni Morrison dead at 88

New York - Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of America's best loved writers, has died following a brief illness, her family said Tuesday. She was 88.

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88: family

New York - Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died following a brief illness, her family said in a statement Tuesday. She was 88.

German stars lead call to shun far-right in 'Goerliwood'

Berlin - German film stars and authors are leading a call for a small town dubbed "Goerliwood" to shun the far-right in mayoral elections next week.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.

'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' author Judith Kerr dead at 95

London - British author and illustrator Judith Kerr, who wrote the cherished children's book "The Tiger Who Came To Tea", has died aged 95, her publisher HarperCollins announced on Thursday.

British author Judith Kerr, creator of childhood favourites, dies aged 95

London - British writer and illustrator Judith Kerr, whose death at 95 was announced on Thursday, captivated young readers around the world with her tales of a fluffy tiger coming to tea, a trouble-prone cat and her own family's flight from Nazi Germany.

Omani writer wins Man Booker literature prize

London - Jokha Alharthi on Tuesday became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" which reveals her Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation.

Five women nominated for Booker International Prize

London - Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, who scooped last year's Booker International Prize for fiction, was named Tuesday among five female nominees for this year's prestigious literary award.

George R.R. Martin: father of 'Game of Thrones'

Paris - George R.R. Martin, the 70-year-old writer behind HBO's blood-spattered epic "Game of Thrones", has created a multitude of fantasy worlds spanning medieval pasts to distant sci-fi futures.

Polish priest 'very sorry' for Harry Potter book burning

Warsaw - A Polish priest apologised Wednesday for burning "magic" Harry Potter books, after his actions sparked a wave of protest and comparisons with totalitarian regimes and the Inquisition.

Outcry over Harry Potter book burning by priests in Poland

Warsaw - The burning of Harry Potter "magic" books by priests in Poland triggered a wave of protest in the majority Catholic country on Tuesday with critics making comparisons with totalitarian regimes and the Inquisition.

Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland

Warsaw - Catholic priests in Poland burned books they say are sacrilegious this weekend, including tomes from British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels.
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