The question is inspired by the today's announcement of the Nobel prize awards in Literature for 2018 and 2019.
The short description for Olga Tokarczuk has been worded as follows:
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 was awarded to Olga Tokarczuk "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." Source
The expression encyclopedic passion sounds really odd both to me and to the author of this question on Literature.SE: Understanding this year's Nobel prizes, which, in fact, inspired me to ask for help on English.SE.
I will simply quote one paragraph from this question:
I can't make sense of terms like "encyclopedic passion". "Encyclopedic knowledge" 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.
Collins Dictionary, for example, gives:
adjective [usually ADJECTIVE noun]
If you describe something as encyclopedic, you mean that it is very full, complete, and thorough in the amount of knowledge or information that it has.
encyclopedic in British
or encyclopaedic (ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪk)
- of, characteristic of, or relating to an encyclopedia
- covering a wide range of knowledge; comprehensive
So, how exactly shall one interpret (perceive, digest) encyclopedic passion?