Nobel Prize for Literature
On November 27, 1895 Alfred Nobel gave the largest share of his fortune to establish the Nobel Prizes. As described in his will, one part was dedicated to "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction."
The 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Peter Handke. Renowned Austrian author Peter Handke's award-winning writing crosses many genres, from novels and essays to plays and screenplays. Known for his sharp eye and commanding prose, Handke is the author of A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, and Don Juan, among other acclaimed works.
The 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Olga Tokarczuk. One of Poland's most celebrated authors, Olga Tokarczuk received the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Flights.
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro.
British author Kazuo Ishiguro, behind books including Man Booker winner The Remains of the Day, takes the award for his "novels of great emotional force." Ishiguro was praised by the Swedish Academy for novels which “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world” and were driven by a “great emotional force."
The 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan.