Haruki Murakamia: Scanpix Denmark / Reuters
Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has refused the nomination for the alternative Nobel prize. This was reported by the Agency Kyodo.
According to the Agency, Murakami got in touch with the New Academy of Sweden and was asked to exclude him from the shortlist of nominees 2018. He explained his decision to a desire to concentrate on writing books and to be away from media attention.
In may, the media reported about the decision of Swedish Academy to defer the award of the Nobel prize for literature for a year and to spend rewarding in 2019. the Reason was the scandal in the backdrop of sexual harassment.
In November 2017, the Swedish media reported that 18 women have accused of sexual harassment of the photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, a spouse of a member of the Swedish Academy of Katharina Frostenson. It was noted that the man had used his position to persuade women to have sex.
The Swedish Academy awards the Nobel prize in literature since 1901. The winner of the award for 2017 is a British writer of Japanese descent Kazuo Ishiguro.
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