Nov­el­ist who’d said ban Lit No­bel wins it this yr

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page -

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

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