The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 has been awarded to the 76-year-old Austrian playwright and novelist Peter Handke, while the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 has been awarded to the 57-year-old Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk.
An official release stated – “The Nobel Prize in Literature 2019 was awarded to Peter Handke for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 was awarded to Olga Tokarczuk “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”
The prizes have been named for two years since the Swedish Academy did not choose a Nobel laureate last year following a sexual assault scandal when the husband of one of its members was convicted and jailed for rape.
The academy has since been trying to restore its reputation. It has since revamped its statutes, allowing members to resign and increasing transparency.
Other notable contenders for the Nobel Prize in Literature this year were the poet Anne Carson and the acclaimed author Margaret Atwood.
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk also won the Man Booker prize last year.
By the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded by the Swedish Academy since 1901. The 2018 skip was the first delay in over 70 years.