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Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win Nobel Prize for Literature

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the BBC reports.

Two winners were named – one for 2019 and one for 2018 – because the prize was not awarded last year.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal.

Tokarczuk, who also won the Man Booker International Prize last year, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize, with this year’s Nobel going to Handke.

The 76-year-old Austrian playwright, novelist and poet was recognized for “an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience”, the academy said in a statement.

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