Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke awarded back-to-back Nobel Prizes in Literature

The Week 1 month ago

The two recipients of the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature have just been unveiled.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature was given to Peter Handke, an Austrian author honored "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, which wasn't given out last year, went to Olga Tokarczuk, a Polish author honored "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." Tokarczuk previously won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize in 2018 for her novel Flights. She is just the 15th woman to ever win the Nobel Prize in Literature, ABC News notes, and BBC News writes she's "considered the leading Polish novelist of her generation."

The Guardian reports that Handke's selection is a "more controversial decision than Tokarczuk," noting that he "famously gave a speech at the 2006 funeral of Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milošević, a decision that was criticised widely."

The Swedish Academy chose not to award a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2018 following a scandal involving sexual assault allegations, with the organization announcing, "we find it necessary to commit time to recovering public confidence in the academy before the next laureate can be announced." The Washington Post notes that it's not unprecedented for two authors to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in one year, and it occurred most recently in 1974, although unlike in that case, Handke and Tokarczuk won't be sharing the prize.


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The Boston Globe › 1 month ago
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke were awarded Nobel Prizes in literature on Thursday, the Swedish Academy announced at a ceremony in Stockholm.
CNN › Lifestyle › 1 month ago
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Austrian author Peter Handke, while the 2018 award, postponed from last year, was given to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk.
The Wall Street Journal › 1 month ago
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 was awarded to Austrian author Peter Handke. The Swedish Academy also announced Polish author Olga Tokarczuk as the winner of the 2018 award.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette › Entertainment › 1 month ago
Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke have won the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes for literature, after a year's hiatus following sex abuse allegations that rocked the secretive Swedish academy that selects the laureates
New York Post › 1 month ago
The 2018 Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life,” while the 2019 prize went to Austrian author...
One America News Network › 1 month ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Austria's Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the postponed 2018 award went to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.
Reuters › 1 month ago
Austrian writer Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday and the 2018 award went to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.
New York Daily News › 1 month ago
Two Nobel prizes in literature were awarded Thursday: Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won for 2018, and Austrian writer Peter Handke won for 2019.
Washington Post › 1 month ago
Handke was honored with the 2019 prize “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience,” according to the Nobel Committee. Tokarczuk received the 2018 prize, which was not...
HuffPost › 1 month ago
Two Nobel Prizes in literature were announced after the 2018 literature award was postponed following sex abuse allegations that rocked the Swedish Academy.
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