Austria’s Peter Handke, Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk win Nobel Prizes in Literature

Austrian author Peter Handke was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature, while Polish author Olga Tokarczuk was announced as the 2018 winner after last year’s literature award was postponed following sex abuse allegations that rocked the Swedish Academy.

The literature prize was cancelled last year after a mass exodus at academy following the allegations.

Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of a former academy member, was convicted last year of two rapes in 2011. Arnault allegedly also leaked the name of Nobel Prize literature winners seven times.

In March, the foundation behind the Nobel Prize in Literature said the Swedish Academy had revamped itself and restored trust. The Nobel Foundation had warned another group could be picked to award the prize if the academy didn’t improve its tarnished image.

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