Politicians race to congratulate Nobel Prize winner Tokarczuk

With Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk receiving the Nobel Prize in literature, politicians unanimously express their joy in social media at her success, some even promise to read her books, while others declare that they read them all.

Olga Tokarczuk awarded Nobel Prize in literature

The Swedish Academy announced on Thursday that the Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk received the Nobel Prize for literature for year 2018.

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“Congratulations to Ms Olga Tokarczuk,” tweeted Poland’s Culture Minister and Deputy PM Piotr Gliński, adding that “the success of a Polish author is all the more exhilarating because this is yet another international success of Ms Tokarczuk. The Nobel Prize [in literature] is clear proof that Polish culture is appreciated in the whole world.”

Mr Gliński also added that “given Ms Tokarczuk has received the award, the culture minister vows to return to his unfinished read of the Nobel Prize winner’s book ;).”

For his part, European Council head Donald Tusk tweeted on Ms Tokarczuk’s success: “most cordial congratulations! What a joy and pride! I will boast about that in Brussels as a Pole and a devoted reader who read all [of Ms Tokarczuk’s] books from cover to cover .”

Meanwhile, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda congratulated Olga Tokarczuk, tweeting that “it is a great day for Polish literature. Another Polish woman writer, preceded by Wisława Szymborska, receives the Nobel Prize in literature. Bravo!”

Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s PM, extended his “cordial congratulations” to Ms Tokarczuk on her “great success” and expressed his happiness “that Polish literature is so appreciated worldwide.”

The former Interior Minister, now Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Joachim Brudziński, commented on the historical development at length, saying at a press conference that “Olga Tokarczuk received Poland’s fifth Nobel Prize in literature… The 10th of October 2019 will go down in the history of Polish literature and culture.”

Mr Brudziński said that “regardless of political disputes, we all rejoice that a Polish woman receives the Nobel Prize in literature, that Polish literature and culture is noticed in the world.” He also added that “it would be bad if politicians taught critics how to evaluate literature. Olga Tokarczuk’s literature proves its worth on its own regardless of any so-and-so councilman’s opinion.”

The Swedish Academy announced on Thursday that the Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk had received the Nobel Prize for literature for the year 2018.

Ms Tokarczuk was awarded for “a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”

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