When someone is awarded the Nobel prize, the Nobel committee always gives a short description of their achievement.
This year, two prizes were awarded (for 2019 and 2018):
“for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”
“for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”
I can make some sense of the description of Handke's achievement, but not of Tokarczuk's. Can someone explain it in layman's terms?
I can't make sense of terms like "encyclopedic passion". "Encyclopedic knowlegde" is a common phrase that I understand. Encyclopedias are the books where one finds the most knowledge. So this term makes sense to describe someone who has vast knowledge. But I do not understand the relationship between encylopedias and passion.
I also don't understand "crossing of boundaries as a form of life". Does she write about other forms of life than humans? Or is this a metaphor that only makes sense with some background knowledge? "Crossing of boundaries" makes some sense as a metaphor to me, but it is awfully nonspecific. Perhaps I'd understand it if I had read her books.
Please explain for a layman who is not well versed in abstract literature, but is excited about the Nobel prize and is interested in the getting to know the work of the prize recipients.
P.S. You can see all awards here. The vast majority have a clear and understandable description. I feel that this years' descriptions suddenly become much harder to understand.