Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Olga Tocharchuk
Olga Tocharchuk

The announcement was postponed last year because of the financial and sexual scandal that rocked the jury.

The jury described the product of the winning novelist as saying: “A fiction combined with an unbridled cognitive passion that transcends borders is a form of life.”

The novelist won the 2018 World Booker Prize for her novel “Traveling,” the first Polish novelist to win the award.

Tukarchuk is a prolific producer and best-selling novel in her country and has won numerous awards for her work.

Tokarchuk studied psychology at the University of Warsaw and her university studies had a clear impact on her literary output.

In addition to her work in fiction, Tokarczuk is supervising a literary festival near her home in southern Poland.

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The novel, which won the Booker Prize, is the third in her record to be released in 2009. A film adapted from her novel, “The Secret of Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead,” was so heavily criticized by the government that the Polish news agency described it as “very anti-Christian and calls for environmental terrorism.” “.

She sold 170,000 copies of her 900-page epic novel, “Jacob’s Books,” for which she won the Best National Prize for the second time in 2014.

The novelist does not hesitate to express her positions against the position of the conservative Polish right-wing government. She said in an interview on state television in 2014 that her country had committed atrocities throughout its history and colonized other countries, and her publisher had to provide her with bodyguards to protect her. “I was very naive. I thought we were able to discuss the black pages of our history,” she said. ”

The title of the novel that won and translated into English “flights” has nothing to do with the subject of flights currently recognized. Some translations into other languages ​​have preserved their original title “Pegonian” and the meaning of the word in Polish “backpackers” or nomads in Arabic. Beguni is called a small Slavic group that lived previously and promotes doubts about its existence. The group rejected stability and insisted on its traditional way of life, which does not know the stability in one place, a way of life adopted by some groups in the Muslim world or a class of Buddhist monks who rely On alms provided by strangers to make ends meet.

It appears in the second half of the novel when a woman facing a tragic situation in one Russian city encounters another strange-looking woman who wraps herself with a cloak. “When we stop traveling, we become idols. Whoever stops becomes like a pinned insect, his heart pierced by a wooden nail, pierced his feet and hands and is tied to the ceiling and the doorstep of the house,” she says. “Therefore, the dictators of all categories and worshipers of hell have a deep hatred for the Bedouins and the nomads, which is why they oppress the Roma and the Jews.







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