Elfriede Jelinek unsettled by Nobel Prize

Yesterday, after winning the Nobel Prize for literature, Elfriede Jelinek told reporters she felt “more despair than peace.” An article in the Times hints at why:

In an interview with Swedish Radio from her home in Vienna, Ms. Jelinek said the prize was “surprising and a great honor,” but she said she was unable to travel to Stockholm for the awards ceremony in December. She told Reuters: “I am not mentally able to withstand that. I have a social phobia and cannot stand these large crowds of people. But I will certainly write a speech.”