The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, said on Friday that this year an unusual step will be taken – there will be no laureate this year. And it’s not because of the lack of worthy writers, but because of the struggle and public outrage that swept the academy against the backdrop of scandals involving sexual violence.
The Swedish academy said it would postpone the 2018 award until next year, calling two winners at once. This is the first time since the Second World War. The Academy participates only in a literary award, so other Nobel Prizes are not affected.
Peter Englund, a member of the academy, wrote by e-mail: “I think this was a wise decision, given the internal turmoil in the Academy and the threat to the reputation of the award. Who really would like to receive this award in the current conditions? “.
In November, a Swedish newspaper reported that 18 women reported sexual harassment by Jean-Claude Arnault, who is closely associated with the Swedish academy and is accused of using his status in the art world to try to force women to have sex . Other charges against him appeared later, including the announcement that Mr. Arnault had seized Victoria’s princess for a soft spot.