Nobelprisvinner Olga Tokarczuk til Litteraturhuset i oktoberFoto: Jacek Kołodziejski

10. oktober 2019

Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk in October

The Literature House congratulates Tokarczuk on the Nobel Prize and looks forward to celebrating the award winner when she guests the house on Wednesday 23 October.

This page is not available in English. Below is the Norwegian page translated by Google.

- It is a great pleasure for us to congratulate Olga Tokarczuk on the very well-deserved Nobel Prize in literature. She is not only a literary giant, but has also become an important political voice in Poland. This was an important and correct Nobel Prize, says general manager at the Literature House, Susanne Kaluza.

Tokarczuk has written novels, poetry, essays and short stories. She received the award for 2018, while Austrian Peter Handke received the Nobel Prize for 2019.

As a writer, Tokarczuk is characterized by sharp details, unsentimental looks and a desire for satire and truth, and last year won the International Man Booker Prize, which she is shortlisted again this year.

"Of course, it is of course nice that the Nobel Prize is now awarded to one of several important female writers, after being male for many years," says Kaluza. Tokarczuk becomes the 15th woman to win the prestigious Literature Prize, which was first awarded in 1901.

Tokarczuk visited the Literature House for the first time in 2012, in connection with the release of the novel Løperne in Norwegian. When she leaves the Literature House again in two weeks, it will be in conversation with her own translator Julia Wiedlocha on topics such as literature, Polish nationalism and environmental struggle.

- We have been looking forward to this visit for a long time and are now looking forward to celebrating our prize winner, says Kaluza.

The conversation is already sold out in the main hall for the visit, but streaming is being set up for other rooms in the house, so that anyone who wants it can bring along the newly concluded prize winner.

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