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Olga Tokarczuk is the recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was born in Poland and studied psychology at the Warsaw University. Tokarczuk is the most translated Polish author and the author of eight novels and three short story collections. Her most famous novels include Primeval (Prawiek i Inne Czazy, 1996); House of Day, House of Night (Dom Dzienny, Dom Nocny, 1998); Flights (Bieguni, 2007), which won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize and was shortlisted for the National Book Awards in Translated Literature 2018; and Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead (Prowadz Swoj Plug Przez Kosci Umarlych, 2009) which was shortlisted for a.o. the 2019 Man Booker International Award. Her most recent novel, Books of Jacob will be published in English by Fitzcarraldo, Riverhead and Text Publishing in 2021 in a translation by Jennifer Croft. Tokarczuk lives in Wroclaw in Poland where she is setting up a Foundation which will offer scholarships for writers and translators and educational programmes on literature.
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