The 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been announced by the Nobel Prize Committee on Thursday.

Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”

Also, Austrian author Peter Handke was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”

Eight names were shortlisted for the award out of which two were picked for the 2018 and 2019 awards, said Anders Olsson, chair of the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy.

OTHER RECIPIENTS OF THE 2019 NOBEL PRIZE ARE:

NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE: THREE SCIENTISTS AWARDED FOR THEIR WORK IN OXYGEN RESEARCH

NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS: THREE SCIENTISTS WIN PRIZE FOR DISCOVERIES IN COSMOLOGY

2019 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY: THREE SCIENTISTS WIN PRIZE FOR WORK ON LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

The award comes with a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award to be shared, a gold medal and a diploma.

The laureates receive the award at an elegant ceremony in Stockholm on December 10 the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896 together with five other Nobel winners.

The final prize, which is the peace prize, is handed out in Oslo, Norway on the same day.