The Swedish Academy has decided to award the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature to Olga Tokarczuk who is a graduate of our university.

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 went to the Austrian writer, Peter Handke.


Olga Tokarczuk is a Polish writer, activist and intellectual. She graduated psychology at the University of Warsaw.


She is the author of novels, a collection of poems, and other books with shorter prose works. In 2018, she won the Man Booker International prize for her novel “Flights” (Bieguni). This book also won the Nike Award, Poland’s top literary prize, in 2008. In 2015, Olga Tokarczuk received another Nike Award for the impressive historical novel The Books of Jacob” (Księgi Jakubowe).


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Besides the Nobel Prize awarded to Olga Tokarczuk, two other graduates won the Nobel Prize in Literature awards:

  • Henryk Sienkiewicz, writer, winner of the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded “because of his outstanding merits as an epic writer”,
  • Czesław Miłosz, poet, prose writer, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature.