Wed. Oct 23rd, 2019

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke

There is already a white smoke in the Swedish Academy: Olga Tokarczuk Y Peter Handke they are the winners of the prize Nobel Prize for Literature 2019, as announced shortly after one o'clock in the afternoon Mats Malm, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, who highlighted, from the Polish author, “a narrative imagination that, with an encyclopedic passion, symbolizes the overcoming of borders as a form of life ”and, from the Austrian, a work that“ full of linguistic ingenuity, has explored the periphery and uniqueness of the human experience ”.

The most prestigious literary award in the world has been failed (and duplicated) after the suspension of the 2018 call for internal scandals of the Swedish institution. The time has come for literature and the discovery of the universes of his works, after a little edifying soap opera that has included accusations of sexual harassment and rape, as well as corruption and leakage of some previous verdicts.

Olga Tokarczuk

Polish-born Olga Tokarczuk, 57, born in Sulechów, won last year with her novel 'Los errantes' – which Anagrama will publish later this month – the Man Booker International, whose jury defined her as “a writer of wonderful sharpness , imagination and literary style ”. Degree in Psychology and specialist in Karl Jung, she has published eight novels, two collections of stories and some poems. In a few days, Rata Books will take to the street ‘Cos’, an exploration of his body in a poetic key.

His two best-known works so far are 'A place called yesteryear' (1996) and 'On the bones of the dead' (2009), a metaphysical and environmental thriller adapted to the cinema by Agnieszka Holland and starring a retired road engineer who He teaches English in a rural school in the mountainous southwest of Poland, and he will face a series of murders of poachers.

The writer Olga Tokarczuk.

The writer Olga Tokarczuk.

Tokarczuk's work, very varied, mixes the real with the metaphysical, unites the rational and the irrational, with characters whose biographies and personalities intersect forming a large fresco, a kind of transcendent puzzle. "I do not have a very clear biography," said the author in an act at the Polish Book Institute, "something I can tell in an interesting way."

I am composed rather of those characters that have emerged from my mind, which I have invented. I am all of them, thanks to them I have a biography with many plots, huge, they define me better than nothing ”. Leftist and vegetarian activist, she is a strong opponent of the nationalist conservative government of the Law and Justice (PiS) party. Daughter of teachers and mother of a son, "is a mystic who seeks the truth," said his friend Kinga Dunin to Afp.

Peter Handke

The 76-year-old Austrian Peter Handke, a resident of Chaville (France), was controversial for his positions in the Balkan war of the 1990s, where he supported certain positions in Serbia, criticized the manipulation of Western media and arrived to attend the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic. For that reason, it was said that he had fallen from the Nobel Prize pools. He reflected his position, much richer, complex and nuanced, in his book ‘A winter trip to the Danube, Save, Morava and Drina rivers, or justice for Serbia’. Playwright and novelist, he is the author of works such as ‘The goalkeeper's fear of the penalty’ (1970), ‘On a dark night I left my house calm’ (2000) or ‘The great fall’ (2014). As a filmmaker, he made, along with his friend Wim Wenders, a classic like ‘Heaven over Berlin’ (1987).

Great connoisseur of Spain, who visited for the first time in 1972, when he attended a bullfight in Valencia, has been influenced by Cervantes, Teresa de Jesus, Antonio Machado or María Zambrano. He wrote in Linares (Jaén) his ‘Essay on fatigue’; and in Soria his ‘Essay on jukebox’.

The novelist Peter Handke.

The novelist Peter Handke.

A year with two Nobel is the closest thing to a planet with two suns. The laureates will share honors and, in principle, must attend the ceremony of delivery on December 10 – where it is tradition that the winner of Literature make a toast before the kings of Sweden and the rest of guests – and, a few days before, pronounce Your traditional thank you speech. This atypical year, then, two speeches and two toasts are expected.

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