Peter Handke: The horror unleashed by NATO’s first war

For peace, against war: literary selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Nobel prize in literature recipients on peace and war

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Peter Handke
From a 2008 interview
Translated by Tim Fenton

I was in Kosovo in April and I have been there four other times recently. I remained truly struck by what I saw in the enclaves of Velika Hoca, a village with a large Orthodox church, and then in Orahovac. They are two enclaves near each other and there one understands how the Serbs are living, how they spend their time, robbed of every possession, forced to go out only at four in the morning, terrorised all the time. The Suddeutsche Zeitung, speaking of a Serbian enclave, has unbelievably written: “The Serbs pretend to be afraid”. You see, it’s ideology, their minds already made up. No, the Serbs are not “pretending to be afraid”, they are simply living in terror and…

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