The Nobel Prizes in Literature for 2018 and 2019 were announced today. The 2018 prize was canceled last year due to a sexual assault scandal. A year ago, the Swedish Academy was in crisis regarding “allegations against Jean-Claude Arnault, a photographer and leading cultural figure in Sweden, who is married to Katarina Frostenson, an academy member and author.” (Read more about the Academy’s decision in this article from The Guardian.)
To catch up, they presented two awards today.
Tokarczuk received the 2018 award “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”
Tokarczuk is a Polish writer, essayist, poet, screenwriter and psychologist. She is best known for her book Flights, which won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. You can visit NPR’s page about her here.
The Academy awarded the 2019 prize to Handke “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”
Handke is an Austrian novelist and playwright. His most notable works are The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick and Slow Homecoming. Read more about Handke on Encyclopӕdia Britannica.
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