The Nobel committee announced Thursday that it had awarded Nobel prizes in literature to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, and Austrian writer Peter Handke. The committee gave two prizes this year, after calling off the prize last year due to a sexual harassment scandal. The committee praised Tokarczuk, who won the 2018 Man Booker International prize for the novel Flights, "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." She won the prize for 2018. The Nobel committee said Handke won the 2019 price "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."

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