Polish Writer Olga Tokarczuk Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

October 17, 2019
Photo of Olga Tokarczuk giving Nobel prize acceptance speech

Congratulations to Olga Tokarczuk on winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, announced October 10, 2019! Olga Tokarczuk is a Polish writer and public intellectual, the author of several novels. Among them, four are available in English: Primeval and Other Times; House of Day, House of Night; Flights; and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. The translations, by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Jennifer Croft, are excellent (but the Polish is even better!).

The Swedish Academy praised Tokarczuk for “a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” The English edition of Tokarczuk's magnum opus, The Books of Jacob, is forthcoming, and with this announcement, will no doubt be out soon. You can read more about the Nobel Prize at https://www.nobelprize.org/ .