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Swedish poet Katarina Frostenson publicly defended the accusation of a scandal at the Swedish Academy – with the help of the book.

18:42, May 30, 2019

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Katarian Frostenson and Jean-Claude Arnault in 2018 © APA / AFP / TT NEW AGENCY / JONAS EKS

He speaks of exile, the difficult struggle for survival and intrigue: Swedish Poet Katarina Frostenson first publicly opposes the allegations Scandal at the Swedish Academy defended. As she needs a writer, she does with the help of the book – and it does not have to wait long for a critique of their view of things.

A brief overview: Swedish academy, which crosses the borders of Scandinavia, especially when it comes to matters Awarding the body of the Nobel Prize for Literature It is known that a year and a half ago entered a deep crisis. In the heart of the scandal: Frostenson and her husband, Jean-Claude ArnaultIn November 2017, 18 women accused them of sexually abusing and harassing as part of the # Metoo Discovery. At the beginning of December 2018, the Stockholm Appeal Court convicted him of rape for two and a half years of imprisonment, the verdict is now final.

Confidentiality violation

As if this was not enough, the academy also accused the two of them of expelling the winners of the Nobel Prize in advance and thereby violating their secrecy obligation. Because of the dispute In 2018 there was no Nobel Prize for LiteratureThis year, two prizes will be awarded – one for 2018 and one for 2019. Frostenson, a member of the Academy since 1992, did not keep silent for months, unlike many other charges. In mid-January, the 66-year-old finally resigned. So something similar came to the institution in Stockholm – so far.

"K" is a story, in which Frostenson deals with the events of that time from November 2017 to May 2018. This roughly represents the period since the beginning of the internal crisis at the Academy until the publication of the rejection of last year's Nobel Prize for Literature, and the business came to the Swedish store a few days ago – it is not yet known whether it will be translated into German.

In Swedish, it reads as a literary self-defense, Describes Frostenson as "a story of the time of exile during persecution and defamation". After the case became known, anonymous callers on the answering machine desired her death. The fact that she has not been defended so far by the public, explains: "How do you defend yourself against things that have not happened, against lies? Do not do it, there is no antidote to defamation, as Ovid wrote."

Only thanks to the letter survived this difficult time, says Frostenson in an interview with the Swedish publisher Polaris, who published "K". "We could no longer be in Sweden, as it was the prevailing climate." Excellent, therefore, relief when the train first brought them to neighboring Denmark. "We breathed as we crossed the border." In the following period, he spent a couple in France, the homeland of her husband.

Intrigue and cable

She had to think of all the other writers who had to leave their country for various reasons, so Frostenson. She talks about it Intrigu, from "Kabala" – like in the "Kabale und Liebe" by Friedrich Schiller – to whom her husband and her were exposed. "You have been tested and you must check that you have passed this exam." The display of women against their husband, according to Frostenson in the book, are "grotesque exaggerations, lies and slander"her motivational envy and lust for her career. And the assertion that she confusedly marked the names of the Nobel Prize winners? Everything is wrong, she assures.

Sharp criticism

Swedish writer Gabriella Hakansson is angry about the book. She was one of the women who made allegations against Arnault at the end of 2017. That Frostenson states that there are 18 women Show conspiracy, persecution and hunting, was completely unrealistic, said Hakansson TV channel SVT. "It's shocking that she can not understand the seriousness of her husband's abuse, that she can not understand the suffering of others without torture in this horrible drama."

Horace Engdahl, who for a long time proclaimed the Nobel Prizes as the Permanent Secretary of the Academy and is regarded as a bad boy of Sweden's high culture, chooses the martyr in a completely different way. And these days he has published a new book, "The Unconcerned" It is said. His title depicts the punctured arrows of St. Sebastian, who obviously represents the current position of man. It's spicy and his controversial view of the poles also because Engdahl spoke to his friend Arnault several times – and he publicly questioned the allegations of 18 women.



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