Peter Handke wins 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature


Peter Handke, a 76-year-old Austrian author, has won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was announced the 2019 winner by the Swedish Academy which oversees the prestigious award.

Also, 57-year-old Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk, won the 2018 edition in Stockholm.

The 2018 Nobel Prize was delayed by a year after a crisis in the academy sparked by sexual allegations against Jean-Claude, the husband of an Academy member, Katarina Frostenson, according to a BBC report.

Mr Handke who will receive nine million Swedish kronor ($928,037.70 USD) was recognised for his “influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored periphery and the specificity of human experience,” according to a statement by the Swedish Academy.

Following the announcement of his win, Mr Handke expressed his astonishment, describing the Swedish Academy’s decision for choosing him as “very courageous.”

Ms Tokarczuk who also will receive the nine million Swedish kronor ($928,037.70USD) for 2018 edition was awarded for her “narrative imagination that with encyclopedia passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”


Mr Handke came into limelight on the literary stage in the 1960s for his thought-provoking works such as the play, Publikumsbechimpfung (Offending the Audience), and the novel, Die Angst des Tormanns being Eifmeter (The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick).

He has received many awards from the 1970s till now, notable among them are Vilenica International Literary Prize, International Ibsen Award, Franz Kafka Prize, Nestroy-Theaterpreis for his complete work.

Similarly, Ms Tokarczuk who was awarded for the 2018 edition of the prize, is a multi-award winning literary giant.

She was the first Polish writer to have won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her novel, Flights