Greek literary critic Elisabeth Vohs has called for Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexeyev to be “banned” from public life and criticised her as “just another politician”.
Ms Vohsen was one of two people to win the 2014 prize for literature for her novel The Long Walk, which has been hailed as a watershed moment in the history of literature.
She was also one of five authors to win a MacArthur Fellowship and is the first woman to win both a Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.
Ms Vosenov has been a prolific and outspoken critic of the Russian government, which she says has abused its influence in the country.
But in a letter to the New York Times, she argued that “nobody is immune from criticism” and that “it is not possible to avoid criticism”.
“We should not forget that the Nobel Prize is not a trophy to be won or a trophy of achievement,” she wrote.
“It is a recognition of an act of courage.”
She added that “the Russian Government is no longer in power”.
“In a democratic society, this is a sign of the danger of the present system, but I think that in the future the Russian Government may use the award to try to change the system,” she said.
Ms Elisandrei, who was awarded the Nobel in Literature in 1991, said Ms Vosens win “would not mean that the country’s people have lost hope”.
“It would mean that, at least for the time being, it would be possible to achieve a lot of work in the world, and to try and do some good,” she told the ABC.
“It’s an honor for her and I hope that she does not get to make a fool of herself again.”
I think it would have been nice to see a Nobel laureate be more outspoken, but unfortunately she is just another politician.
“We are not a democracy.
It’s a system that’s rigged.”
Ms Vostokova, who won the prestigious prize in 2014 for her poem The Long Journey, said she was “disappointed” by Ms Vostoks win.
“In the world today, it’s impossible to see anything good in what we see,” she tweeted.
“She has become the hero of Russian literature, and this was her greatest triumph.”
The winner of the Nobel prize, Svetla Alexeyeva, with Russian-born writer Elisabel Vosenedov, at the 2015 ceremony.
Photo: Andrew MearesShe added: “The prize is not only a symbol of a great achievement.
It would be great to see the Nobel laureates who won a Nobel for literature and science, but also for those who have won this prestigious prize to reflect on their achievement and their achievements.””
There is a need to change this situation.
It would be great to see the Nobel laureates who won a Nobel for literature and science, but also for those who have won this prestigious prize to reflect on their achievement and their achievements.”
The National Council of Writers of Russia said it would review Ms Vohson’s award.