American poet Louise Gluck wins Nobel literature prize

Journalists wait for announcement of 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature at Borshuset in Stockholm, Sweden, October 8, 2020. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — American poet Louise Gluck won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature for “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.

The Swedish Nobel committee described her as “one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature”.

Like much of public life around the world, this year’s awards have taken place under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the cancellation of the splashy Nobel prize giving-ceremony held each December in Stockholm.

The Nobel Prize are named after dynamite inventor and wealth businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace according to his will, Reuters reported.

The prize comes with a gold medal and a 10 million krona (more than $1.1 million) prize.

Earlier this week, the awards for medicine, physics and chemistry were already handed out. The peace prize is to be announced on Friday. The prize for economics will be awarded next week.

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