The Swedish Academy in Stockholm announced the two winners for the Nobel Prizes in Literature on Thursday.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 has been awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk while the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature went to the Austrian author Peter Handke.
Tokarczuk was honored “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life,” the committee said.
The 2019 Nobel laureate Handke won the prize “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience,” according to Mats Malm, the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary.
This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature marks a first in the award’s 118-year history with two awards announced simultaneously, including one for 2018 when the ceremony was canceled over the sexual assault scandal.
The 233-year-old Swedish Academy was forced to suspend the prize last year as it was engulfed by rape accusations against the husband of an Academy member.