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Olga Tokarczuk
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    (January 29, 1962- )
    Born in Sulechow, Poland
    Wrote the novels ‘Journey of the People of the Book’ (1993), ‘Primeval and Other Times’ (1996), ‘House of Day, House of Night’ (1998), ‘Flights’ (2007), and ‘The Books of Jacob’ (2014)
    Published the poetry collection ‘The City in Mirrors’ (1989)
    Published the short story collections ‘Playing on Many Drums: 19 Stories’ (2001) and ‘Bizarre Stories’ (2018)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (2018)
    She wears her hair in dreadlocks.
    She is a vegetarian.
    She stopped working as a psychologist because ‘I was working with one of my patients and realized I was much more disturbed than he was.’
    She describes many of her works as ‘constellation novels,’ combining elements of fiction, memoir, and myth.
    She was the first Polish author to win the Man Booker International Prize (2018).
    Her publisher had to hire bodyguards after she noted that the Polish people had committed ‘horrendous acts’ in the past.
    She has been the target of internet harassment campaigns by Polish nationalists.

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