Stockholm: The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 has been awarded to 76-year-old Austrian playwright and novelist Peter Handke, while the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 has been awarded to 57-year-old Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk.
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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The Swedish Academy said it honoured Handke “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”
The Swedish Academy also announced Polish author Olga Tokarczuk as the winner of the 2018 award.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author, “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life,” the academy said.
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature was announced along with the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was delayed by a year following a scandal that included allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Nobel Prize in Literature is one of five international prizes instituted by the will of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish businessman, chemist, engineer and philanthropist.