The Nobel Prize for 2018 was awarded to the Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk. For 2019, the winner was the Austrian writer and playwright Peter Handke.
The Swedish Academy has named the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature for this and the previous year, the respective verdicts were announced on Thursday in Stockholm.
Tokarchuk is 57 years old, among her most famous works are “Runners,” “Jacob’s Books” and “Day house, night house.” She won the award with the wording “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents crossing borders as a form of life.”
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 is awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke.#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/CeKNz1oTSB
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Handke is 76 years old and has been considered one of the main contenders for the Nobel Prize for the past few years. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for “an influential work that explored the periphery and specificity of human experience with linguistic ingenuity.” Among Handke’s major works are “Hornets,” “Short letter to a long goodbye,” and the “Sky over Berlin,” on which the film of the same name was made.
Last year, the award of the Nobel Prize in literature was canceled because of the scandal around the Swedish Academy. Bookmakers bets on a possible winner for 2018 did not accept. The favorite 2019 was considered to be the Canadian Anne Carson.
The award ceremony will take place on December 10 in Stockholm. The winners receive a cash prize of about 9 million kronor (just under a million dollars) and a commemorative medal, as well as a Nobel lecture.