Senate congratulates Polish Nobelist with resolution

“The Senate of the Republic of Poland congratulates Olga Tokarczuk on her international success. We recognise the great merits of her work for world literature and for building Poland's good name in the world,” the resolution read. /PAP/EPA

The Polish Senate on Friday adopted a draft resolution in which it congratulated Polish novelist, poet and essayist Olga Tokarczuk for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature and praised her achievements in the promotion of Polish literature.

"The Senate of the Republic of Poland congratulates Olga Tokarczuk on her international success. We recognise the great merits of her work for world literature and for building Poland's good name in the world," the resolution read.

Sixty senators voted in favour of the resolution, two against and 12 abstained.

The Swedish Academy announced on October 10 that Poland's Tokarczuk had won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the 15th woman to receive the literature prize, the Senate wrote in the resolution, adding that the Swedish Academy acknowledged the Polish writer's "narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life, the resolution also said.

This is the fifth Nobel for Literature to be won by a Polish writer over the 118-year long history of the prize but for the first time it was granted to a person who created the main part of their work in a free Poland. The decision of the Nobel Committee has graced the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence, the authors of the resolution wrote.

Tokarczuk also holds the 2018 Man Booker International Prize and Nike, Poland's top literary prize, awarded in 2008 for 'Flights' and in 2015 for 'The Book of Jacob.'