Protests against Handke’s win took place in Stockholm and Sarajevo [Colm Fulton/Reuters]

Protesters in Stockholm and Sarajevo have denounced the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature to Austrian author Peter Handke over his support for Serbia during the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Handke and the Nobel laureates in chemistry, medicine, physics and economics received their prizes from Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf at Tuesday evening’s ceremony in the capital.

The event, however, at Stockholm Concert Hall was boycotted by representatives of the embassies of Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Turkey, as well as by one member of the awarding body.

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The Swedish Academy’s pick for the 2019 prize, announced in October, sparked outrage in the Balkans and beyond because of Handke’s support for late

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