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Literary Awards: Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize Winner - 2023

Jon Fosse, 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature winner

Jon Fosse, Norway

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Nobel Prize Winner - 2022

Annie Ernaux at Salone del Libro in Turin, 2017, by 2cordevocali

Annie Ernaux, France

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Nobel Prize Winner - 2021

Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tanzania

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Nobel Prize Winner - 2020

Louise Elisabeth Glück, USA

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Nobel Prize Winner - 2019

Peter Handke, Austria

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Nobel Prize Winner 2023 - JON FOSSE

Jon Olav Fosse (Haugesund, Norway, 1959) won the 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature for an extensive body of work which, through novels, plays, and short stories, delves into the human psyche, addressing existential themes and the complexities of existence. Fosse is the fourth Norwegian writer to receive the Nobel prize for literature, and the first to do so writing in Nynorsk.

Nobel Prize Winner 2022 - ANNIE ERNAUX

Annie Ernaux (née Duchesne, Lillebonne, France, 1940) won the 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature for a body of work which frames autobiographical elements into the wider context of the evolution of French society post-WWII and the female experience within it. Ernaux is the sixteenth French writer - and the first Frenchwoman - to receive the Nobel prize for literature.

Nobel prize

In his will, Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-1896) left most of his fortune to a trust to establish what eventually became the Nobel Prizethe most highly regarded scientific and literary accolade in the world. The Nobel Prize in Literature, first assigned in 1901, honors "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction...” 

Prizes are awarded each year every December 10th in a ceremony held since 1934 at the Blue Hall in the Stockholm City Hall. Usually the prize recognizes a body of work, and only in nine cases the Swedish Academy assigned it to an author in appreciation of a specific work. It has never been assigned posthumously.

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