By Godson Ikiebey-
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
While Tokarczuk was named for 2019, Handke was awarded the 2018 prize. This is because the 2018 prize was suspended after a sexual assault scandal.
According to the Swedish Academy:
The 76-year-old Austrian playwright and novelist was recognised for “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience”.
Tokarczuk, 57, considered the leading Polish novelist of her generation, was rewarded “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life”.