This year the Swedish Academy, which selects the winner of the world’s biggest literary award, declared that the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature is postponed and will be given along with next year’s prize. The decision was made following the sexual misconduct allegations that has seen a string of board members resign from the board of the Swedish Academy. And now, ‘the Nobel prize for literature will not be awarded in 2019 unless trust is restored in the scandal-plagued Swedish Academy, the Nobel Foundation’s executive director has revealed’, reads a report by The Guardian.
Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Prize Foundation, has expressed his doubt over the xxqq issues being resolved soon enough. “The Swedish Academy’s goal is to make its decision on the 2018 Nobel prize in literature and to announce it together with the 2019 prize. We hope that this will be the case, but it depends on the Swedish Academy restoring its trust,” reads a statement on the prize’s website.
“The Swedish Academy must be able to report what concrete measures are being taken and should get outside help in order to solve their problems… Among other things, they need to reassess compliance with their confidentiality and conflict-of-interest rules. The academy has cultivated a closed culture over a long period of time. This was likely to be challenged at one time or another… I believe that in the end, something good will come out of this situation, even if that, of course, has not been the feeling during recent weeks,” Heikensten said.
According to a report by Associated Press, the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature was cancelled ‘on the grounds that the academy is in no shape to pick a winner after a string of sex abuse allegations and financial crimes scandals’. The scandal started in November 2017, when Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson, was accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by 18 women.
Now, Lars Heikensten, director of the Nobel Foundation, said in a radio interview on Saturday that there might not be a Nobel Prize in Literature awarded in 2019, either, deepening the crisis at the 232-year-old cultural organization.