"The Nobel Prize in Literature has lost its former prestige," national writer of Kazakhstan Olzhas Suleimenov told APA.
According to him, the Nobel Prize in literature is awarded mainly to random people: "Apparently, members of the Nobel Committee are not versed in literature."
O. Suleimenov also expressed his attitude to the proposal of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokaev, voiced during his speech at the I Asian Writers Forum on the establishment of the Big Asia Prize as an alternative to the Nobel Prize.
He noted that this award will help the development of the literature of Asian peoples: "I think that the Big Asia Prize will make a greater contribution to the development of world literature than the Nobel Prize."
Recall that from September 4 to 6 in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, the I Asian Writers Forum was held. At the forum, it was proposed to establish a literary prize "Big Asia".