Peter Handke and Olga Tokarczuk awarded Nobel Prizes in literature

Austrian author Peter Handke and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk have obtained Nobel Prizes in literature.

The Nobel Prize in literature for 2019 was granted to Handke “for influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience,” according to the judges.

Handke “has established himself as one of the most influential writers in Europe after the Second World War.” His works are filled with a strong desire to discover and to make his discoveries come to life by finding new literary expressions for them, the Academy said.

On her part, Tokarczuk deemed the most skilled Polish novelist of her generation was awarded “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life”. Her books describe a polychromatic world enduringly in motion, with characters’ traits merged and language that is both precise and poetic.

 Tokarczuk and Handke each take home a cheque worth nine million kronor ($912,000, 828,000 euros).

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