Discover the shortlist: Olga Tokarczuk, ‘The encyclopedia showed me the enormity of the world’
The critically-acclaimed author discusses the beauty she sees in English-language translation.
Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk is a Polish writer and activist, and one of the most critically acclaimed and successful authors of her generation in Poland.
She was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life’. For her novel Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft, Tokarczuk won the 2018 Booker International Prize. Her other work include Primeval and Other Times, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, and The Books of Jacob.