Middle East

Top 10 books of 2019 from the Arab world

A brief tour of some of the best literature from the Middle East and North Africa in 2019.

Top 10 books of 2019 from the Arab world

Human Rights

Doctare to return Nobel medal in Handke protest

The awarding of a Nobel prize to Milosevic-supporter Peter Handke has sparked widespread protests.

Doctare to return Nobel medal in protest over genocide denier

Arts & Culture

Protests, boycotts overshadow Peter Handke's Nobel prize win

Controversial laureate for literature has been criticised over his support for late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

Protests, boycotts overshadow Peter Handke's Nobel prize win

Africa

Who are Africa's Nobel Prize winners?

A look at the continent's Nobel laureates honoured for efforts in peace, chemistry, literature, medicine and physics.

Africa's Nobel Prize winners: A list

Sweden

Kosovo to boycott Nobel ceremony over Handke's literature prize

Up to 1,000 people expected to protest against controversial win of Handke, criticised as an apologist for Milosevic.

Kosovo to boycott Nobel ceremony over Handke's literature prize

Literature

Oprah Winfrey, others pay tribute to late author Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize-winning US writer known for her work on race, died in August, aged 88.

Oprah Winfrey, others pay tribute to late author Toni Morrison

Literature

Book about Jack the Ripper's victims wins top UK nonfiction prize

Hallie Rubenhold claims the Ballie Gifford Prize for exploring the lives of 'ordinary people' killed by the Ripper.

Book about Jack the Ripper's victims wins top UK nonfiction prize

Arts & Culture

Booker judges break rules to honour novelists Atwood and Evaristo

The two women will split the prize after judges defied 1993 rule change that only one author could be honoured.

Booker judges break rules to honour novelists Atwood and Evaristo

Bosnia

Mothers of Srebrenica call for Handke's Nobel prize to be revoked

Group comprised of relatives of thousands massacred in 1995 say prestigious prize awarded to genocide denier.

Mothers of Srebrenica call for Handke's Nobel prize to be revoked

Literature

Outrage in Bosnia, Kosovo over Peter Handke's Nobel prize win

PEN America slams decision to award literary prize to Austrian author, who has denied the Srebrenica genocide.

Outrage in Bosnia, Kosovo over Peter Handke's Nobel prize win

Inside Story

Is the Nobel Prize still relevant?

Notable winners include Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

Arts & Culture

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win Nobel literature prizes

The Swedish Academy names two winners after a scandal forced the 2018 prize to be postponed.

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win Nobel literature prizes

Arts & Culture

Post-scandal Nobel to award two literature prizes this year

Winners for 2018 and 2019 will be announced on Thursday after a sex scandal forced last year's award to be postponed.

Post-scandal Nobel to award two literature prizes this year

Censorship

Obscene, unpatriotic, blasphemous: Banned books through time

As Banned Books Week highlights censorship in literature, Al Jazeera lists some famous works that courted controversy.

Obscene, unpatriotic, blasphemous: Banned books through time

Literature

Author Kamila Shamsie stripped of literary award over BDS support

German city rescinds Nelly Sachs Prize from British Pakistani author, citing her support of the pro-Palestine movement.

Author Kamila Shamsie stripped of literary award over BDS support