Olga Tokarczuk wins 2018 literature Nobel, Peter Handke wins 2019 award

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Olga Tokarczuk, Peter Handke win Literature Nobels

Austrian writer Peter Handke in 2018

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk on Thursday won the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, which was delayed over a sexual harassment scandal, while Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke took the 2019 award, the Swedish Academy said.

Tokarczuk was honoured "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life".

Handke won "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."