Nobel – literature. Award for 2018 for Olga Tokarczuk. For 2019 for Peter Handke

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Nobel Prize for Literature for 2018 will go to our compatriot Olga Tokarczuk. In contrast, for 2019 to the Austrian writer and translator Peter Handke.

In the case of Olga Tokarczuk, a representative of the Academy said that the award was given "for narrative imagination, which with encyclopedic passion presents crossing borders as a form of life." The novel "Prawiek and other times" was a breakthrough for Poland that caught the Academy's attention. "The Books of Jacob" strengthened the position of the Polish author. The decision of the commission was certainly also influenced by the Booker Prize awarded to Olga Tokarczuk for "Biegunów".

Peter Handke was honored for "a work that explores the periphery and the specifics of human experience with linguistic genius."

In March this year, the Swedish Academy – in consultation with the Nobel Foundation implementing the will of the Nobel Prize – decided that this year two Nobel Prizes in literature will be awarded, including overdue last year. In 2018, the prize was not awarded due to the scandal in which one of the jury members was involved.

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