American poet Louise Gluck awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

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Gluck honoured for her ‘unmistakable poetic voice’, Swedish Academy says.

American poet Louise Gluck has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, with judges praising “her unmistakable poetic voice”.

The ten million Swedish crown ($1.1mn) prize is known as after dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance together with his will.

The Swedish Academy stated Gluck was honoured “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere magnificence makes particular person existence common.”

The Swedish Academy typically appears to shun bestselling mainstream authors, opting to shine its highlight on lesser-known names.

Final 12 months’s selection of Austrian novelist Peter Handke unleashed a flood of criticism, leaving many questioning the way it may award a author identified for supporting Serbian chief Slobodan Milosevic within the Balkan wars and taking part in down his military’s atrocities.

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