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Cracow. Olga Tokarczuk received the title of honorary citizen of the city

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Olga Tokarczuk received her honorary citizenship of the Royal Capital City of Krakow. The day before, the Senate of the Jagiellonian University awarded her an honorary doctorate.

Tokarczuk received her honorary citizenship during the ceremonial session of the Krakow City Council on Friday. As President Jacek Majchrowski emphasized, “the Nobel Prize winner is a man of the word and uses it in a just cause”. The writer confessed that “she was always drawn to Krakow”.

– I came to Krakow with amazement and delight that this city is still going on and cherishes its traditions – she added. She emphasized that her dream came true – she became an author publishing in “Wydawnictwo Literackie”.

Thanking for honorary citizenship and admission from the far Lower Silesia, Tokarczuk said: “Now my heart is divided in two.”

Honorary citizen and doctor honoris causa

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On Thursday, the Jagiellonian University Senate admitted Olga Tokarczuk with an honorary doctorate in particular for “literary work as the art of expressing the whole of human experience, revealing the truth about man, allowing one to find order and meaning”; for non-literary activity: cultural, social, civic, ecological, promoting the ideas of equality and democracy in the country and in the world. Her teaching activity was also appreciated.

– This is a historic moment for me. In a sense, the Jagiellonian University is an archetypal university for me – said Olga Tokarczuk, receiving the title at the Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University.


Rector of the Jagiellonian University prof. Jacek Popiel informed that Olga Tokarczuk is the 11th woman who has received an honorary doctorate in over 200 years of tradition by the university. A group of employees of the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University submitted an application for the award of the dignity.

Tokarczuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for 2018 “for her narrative imagination, which shows crossing borders with an encyclopedic passion as a form of life.” Her books have been translated into over 30 languages. Laureate of, among others International Booker Prize for the novel “Bieguni”, Jan Michalski for “Księgi Jakubowe”, a two-time winner of the Nike literary award for “Biegunów” and “Księgi Jakubowe”.

Main photo source: PAP / Łukasz Gągulski

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