Thu. Feb 27th, 2020

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, Nobel Prize for Literature 2018 and 2019 – La Provincia

The Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has been awarded this Thursday October 10 with the Nobel Prize for Literature 2018, while the Austrian author Peter Handke He has done the same with that of 2019.

According to the jury's decision, Tokarczuk has been awarded for his "narrative imagination" and an "encyclopedic passion" in your writing while Handke has developed an "influential" work with "linguistic ingenuity" and has explored the periphery of the human experience.

For the first time in more than 40 years – the last time it was in 1974 with the prize shared by Harry Martinson and Eyvind Johnson – the Swedish Academy has awarded two awards. This is due to the inclusion of the 2018 edition, which was not finally delivered after the sexual scandal that led to the resignation of several of its members.

Today, 112 Nobel Prizes have been awarded in this category -116 winners- and eleven of them have gone to the hands of writers in the Spanish language. Of this more than one hundred awards, only 15 have been for women. The average age of the winners is more than 60 years, Ruyard Kipling being the youngest (41 years old) and Doris Lessing the oldest (88 years old).

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