Polish Nobel Prize-winning author says Russia threatens ‘free world’


JERUSALEM (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning Polish author on Sunday called Russia a threat to the “free world,” saying its attack on neighboring Ukraine had echoes of World War II.

Olga Tokarczuk, known for her humanist themes and playful, subversive streak, spoke at a writers’ festival in Jerusalem.

“Poles share the Ukrainian sense of danger that Russia poses to the free world,” Tokarczuk said, adding that the Polish government had warned of the risk presented by Russian aggression for years.

Poland, Ukraine’s western neighbor, has taken in more than three million Ukrainian refugees since Russia launched its invasion in late February. Warsaw has called for tough international sanctions against Russia.

“No one could imagine that this war would be so cruel, so anachronistic and this war brings back the horrific images of World War II,” she said.

Tokarczuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2018 for his 18th-century epic “The Books of Jacob,” about a Jewish mystic and cult leader named Jacob Frank.


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