Peter Handke and Olga Tokarczuk win Nobel Prizes in literature
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York in 2018. (Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
Austrian writer Peter Handke during the Estoril Film Festival in 2009. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images) This story has been updated.
Austrian author Peter Handke and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk have won Nobel Prizes in literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.
The Nobel Prize in literature for 2019 was awarded to Handke “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience,” according to the judges.
The 2018 prize was awarded to Tokarczuk “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”
Before today, only 14 women had won the Nobel Prize in literature since it was first awarded...