In News: The Swedish Academy announced two winners - one for 2019 and one for 2018 - because the prize was not awarded last year.


  • Austrian author Peter Handke has won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature. Peter Handke was awarded "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."
  • The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 was awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life."
  • She also won the Man Booker International Prize, 2018.

About the award:

  • The Nobel Prize in Literature is a Swedish literature prize that is awarded annually, since 1901.
  • Given to an author from any country who has, in the words of the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction".
  • Though individual works are sometimes cited as being particularly noteworthy, the award is based on an author's body of work as a whole.