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Nobel Prize Tokarchuk Concerns about Polish Literature Self-Censorship

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Frankfurt Book Fair Press Conference Revealed… "Writers are afraid to express real thoughts."

Polish author Olga Tokarchuk, the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, is attending a press conference at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany on the 15th (local time).

Correspondent Kim Jong-un = Polish author Olga Tokarchuk, who was nominated for the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, feared self-censorship in his homeland's literature.

According to the AFP, Tokarchuk said there was "a kind of cultural war" between the right wing government and opposition in Poland at the opening press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. "I'm concerned about what's happening."

"Writers are afraid to express what they really think and feel, because they are concerned about the political consequences," he added. "I can only hope that this situation does not continue."

Tokarchuk has been critical of the Polish ruling Party of Law and Justice (PiS).

The PiS, which took office in 2015, is a political party that has strengthened social control, anti-refugee policy, and has set up a confrontation with the European Union. Since its inception, it has been criticized for undermining the judiciary, media independence, and infringing on religious and sexual minorities. PiS succeeded in reoccupying the 13th general election.

Tokarchuk said before the election that the Poles faced the choice between "democracy and authoritarianism" that they voted correctly for democracy.

He admitted he wasn't very excited about the election, but said he still hopes for "many new lawmakers" from other parties.

"I'm very happy that the left coalition is part of Congress," he said. "I think something new will happen over the next four years."

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year for controversy over the selection of Austrian writer Peter Hantke, who advocated Slobodan Miloshević, who was notorious for "racial cleaning" during the Yugoslavia. When asked about being perceived as a woman, she said she had no time to look into the controversy.

"I don't care in any way," Tokarchuk said. "Because I usually act as a bad girl. That's what I'm used to."

The Swedish Academy of Hallym announced Hantke and Tokarchuk as winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature this year and last year. Last year, a panel of judges withdrew from the rumors of #Me too (I am also a victim), so I was unable to determine the Nobel Prize for Literature last year.

Tokarchuk is the first woman to win the Nobel Laureate this year and the fifteenth of the 116 Nobel laureates in history.

Tokarchuk, currently considered as one of Poland's leading artists, won the Manbuker Award last year, and his works include 'Plyz', 'Times of Ancient Time', 'Books of Jacob', and 'Plow Plow on the Bones of the Dead'. .

Tokarchuk, which has been recognized for its popularity and literary character, has won the top two in the world's top three literary prizes except the French Competition.

Meanwhile, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest book fair, will focus on freedom of expression, feminism and the climate crisis.

The organizers of the book fair are also planning a 'Umbrella demonstration' on the 17th to show solidarity with the Hong Kong protesters.

The organizers said that when the world was in turmoil, "we need writers to resist, to abuse, and to risk."