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Austrian Handke and Pole Tokarczuk win Nobel prizes for literature

News Summed Up 2019-10-10 05:30:00

Handke, 76, won the 2019 prize for "an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," the Academy said in a statement. The 2018 prize went to Tokarczuk for "a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." Handke established himself as one of the most influential writers in Europe after World War Two, the Academy said, with a body of work that contains novels, essays, notebooks and dramatic works. Since then, she has produced a steady and varied stream of works and her novel "Flight" won her the high-profile Man Booker International Prize last year. Poland holds an election on Sunday that a PiS-led coalition is widely expected to win.


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