Nobel Prize in Literature winners for 2018, 2019 announced

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Nobel medalThe Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 has been awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 has been awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke. Each will receive a medal, diploma and aproximately €830,000 (nine million Swedish kronor).

Alfred Nobel specified in his will that the prize should be awarded to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction".

This is the first year that the Award has been handed out for two different years at once, and it follows sexual assault allegations and a fallout over how to deal with them which lead to the cancellation of the award announcement in 2018.

Olga Tokarczuk, novelist, activist and public intellectual from Sulechów, Poland was cited "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life". Translations of Tokarczuk's works in English are available to borrow from the library. We also hold copies of her work in Polish. You can also borrow or reserve her titles on Borrowbox.

Nobel winners 2018, 2019.

Handke, an Austrian author who called for the Prize to be abolished in 2014, was commended for "an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience". Handke's works in translation and the Wim Wenders movies for which he wrote the screenplays are also available from the library.


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