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World Austrian Handke and Pole Tokarczuk win Nobel Prizes for Literature

14:25  10 october  2019
14:25  10 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Tokarczuk is 1st woman to be honored this year

  Tokarczuk is 1st woman to be honored this year  Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk is the first woman this year to be awarded a Nobel Prize — although strictly speaking her prize is for 2018. Tokarczuk is only the 15th woman to win the Nobel literature prize in more than a century and the first since Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich in 2015.

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke have both won the Nobel prize in literature . The selections come days after the Swedish Academy promised to move away from the “male-oriented” and “Eurocentric” past of the Nobel prize in literature , and follow an unprecedented

The Swedish Academy has broken with tradition and will present two literature awards this year, to compensate for last year's break. Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature and Austrian author Peter Handke wins the 2019 Nobel Prize .

STOCKHOLM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Austria's Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the postponed 2018 award went to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.

The logo of the Karolinska Institute, where the Nobel Assembly announces the award of Nobel Prize. © Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images The logo of the Karolinska Institute, where the Nobel Assembly announces the award of Nobel Prize.

Handke won the 2019 prize for "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," the Academy said in a statement.

The 2018 prize, delayed by one year after a sexual assault scandal rocked the award-giving Academy, went to Tokarczuk for "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." (Reporting by Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson; additional reporting by Anna Ringstrom, Johannes Hellstrom, Johan Ahlander, Helena Soderpalm and Colm Fulton in Stockholm, Edoting by Timothy Heritage)

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