Nobel Prizes for Literature: 2019

The Nobel Prize for literature for the year 2019 went to Austrian author Peter Handke, while Polish author Olga Tokarczuk will receive the prize for 2018

Noble Prize:

  • The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 is awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.
  • Peter Handke’s debut novel ‘Die Hornissen’ was published in 1966. His contribution towards extraordinary attention to landscapes and the material presence of the world, which has made cinema and painting two of his greatest sources of inspiration.
  • Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has been chosen for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.

Postponement of 2018 award:

There was no Literature Nobel in 2018 after the Nobel Foundation stopped the Swedish Academy, the body that chooses the winner, from awarding the Prize. The Foundation stepped in after the Swedish Academy was hit by allegations of sexual abuse, financial wrongdoing, corruption, and a cover-up.


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