“The most self-indulgent, lying, and cowardly thing I’ve read this year.”
This is how Swedish journalist and author Jesper Hauer described Karl Ove Knausgaard’s latest activities on Saturday.
There is a storm around the author of “Main Camp.”
Knausgaard recently went to Varberg in Sweden and received the controversial Lenin Prize.
Norwegian and Swedish critics have questioned the fact that Knausgaard praised the Leninist and Maoist Jan Myrdal. Myrdal died in 2020, and the Lenin Prize is named after him.
In an article in a Swedish newspaper today’s news Knausgaard is accused of purging an advocate for the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
Jesper Hoor writes that he lost his father, grandparents, and eleven aunts and uncles in the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s.
“I will never get to know them. My daughter will never get to meet them — or play with the children and grandchildren they were supposed to have,” Hower wrote.
in Acceptance speech In November, Knausgaard paid tribute to the controversial author. He said that both Myrdal and the communist Lenin must be understood in the light of their era. Knausgaard rejected claims that he should be ashamed.
– Don’t you dare
Nearly one in four of the population, between 1.7 and 3 million people, died in Cambodia’s genocides in the 1970s.
“My father Sumith Hauer was not even 30 years old. Jan Myrdal, on the other hand, lived 93 years, lived well and never regretted his position, on the contrary, he was proud,” writes the Swedish author.
Hauer does not wish to comment on the case for Dagbladet and points to the criticism:
“In his eulogy, Knausgaard does not dare to engage in difficult questions, or to quarrel with Lenin and Myrdal, unseriously – on the contrary, he uses his literary abilities to disguise and embellish himself (Citations are translated by Dagbladet, journ.anm.)»
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Knausgård received NOK 100,000 with the prize. He has lived in Sweden, but is the first non-Swedish winner of the award.
The award will go to “a writer or artist active in Sweden who works within the leftist, socially critical and rebellious tradition.”
Dagbladet tried in vain to reach Knausgård via Forlaget Oktober.
The author said in August that he greatly appreciated Jan Myrdal’s work, and that the award was “doomed to receive backlash.”
– But not accepting the award because you are afraid of what someone might write on social media would be somewhat cowardly and shameful, Knausgaard said in a statement to VG And the class battle.
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