Austria's Peter Handke has won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, while the postponed 2018 award went to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the Swedish Academy announced.

Mr Handke won the 2019 prize for "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," the Academy said in a statement.

His works are filled with a strong desire to discover and to make his discoveries come to life by finding new literary expressions for them, the statement said.

Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk

The 2018 prize, delayed by one year after a sexual assault scandal rocked the award-giving Academy, went to Ms Tokarczuk, considered the most talented Polish novelist of her generation, "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life".

Ms Tokarczuk and Mr Handke each win a prize of €830,000. 

Ms Tokarczuk becomes just the 15th woman to have won the prestigious distinction, out of 116 literature laureates honoured since 1901.