Tokarczuk and Handke Win Nobels

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” Her genre work includes Flights (Riverhead) and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Riverhead).

Austrian author Peter Handke was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.” His genre work includes Der gewöhnliche Schrecken (Residenz).

Permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Mats Malm announced both winners on October 10, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. No winner was announced last year due to a sexual assault scandal, resulting in eight members of the committee resigning, including permanent secretary Sara Danius.

For more information, see the Nobel Prize website.

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