Nobel Committee awarded a literature prize in two years at once

Ольга Токарчук и Петер Хандке

The winner of the 2019 prize was the Austrian writer Thomas Handke, 2018 – the Polish writer of Ukrainian origin Olga Tokarchuk

The Nobel Committee announced the winners of the Literature Prize for 2018 and 2019. The winners in the nomination were announced in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Thursday, October 10.

The winners of the Nobel Prize in literature for 2018 and 2019 were the Polish writer with Ukrainian roots Olga Tokarchuk and the Austrian Thomas Handke, respectively.

From a statement by the Nobel Committee:

“Olga Tokarchuk, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018, does not consider reality as something stable and eternal. Her novels are based on cultural opposites: nature against culture, reason against madness, man against woman, home against foreign land.

The peculiar art of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature for Peter Handke lies in the exceptional attention to the landscape and the material component of the world, which made cinema and painting its main sources of inspiration. ”