Novelist who’d said ban Lit Nobel wins it this yr
Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk on Thursday won the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, which was delayed over a sexual harassment scandal, while Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke took the 2019 award, the Swedish Academy said.
Tokarczuk, 57, considered the most talented Polish novelist of her generation, was honoured “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life”. Her books portray a polychromatic world perpetually in motion, with characters’ traits intermingled and language that is both precise and poetic.
Handke, 76, was, meanwhile, honoured “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience,” the Academy said. Ironically in 2014, Handke called for Nobel Literature Prize to be abolished, saying it brought its winner “false canonisation”.
Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk (left); Austrian novelist Peter Handke