No Nobel for Literature This Year

The Swedish Academy, the body that awards the No­bel Prize in Literature, has announced that there will be no winner announced in 2018, with two laureates to be selected in 2019 instead. The delay is due to “the currently diminished Academy and reduced public confidence in the Academy.” The prize committee has been rocked by a series of allegations in recent months, with eight members of the committee resigning, including permanent secretary Sara Danius. Author Jean-Claude Ar­nault, who is married to board member Katarina Frostenson, was accused of harassing 18 women (charges he denies), and three members resigned in protest in April when Danius failed to investi­gate the charges to their satisfaction, followed by Danius’s resignation and Frostenson’s voluntary withdrawal. Four more members left their chairs in May. The Swedish Economic Crime Authority is also reportedly investigating potential financial irregularities related to the Academy.

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