Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel Literature Prize

Alice MunroStockholm, 10 Oct (AFP): Canada’s Alice Munro won the Nobel Literature Prize for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition. The jury honoured Munro as a “master of the contemporary short story”.Alice Munro said she was “just terribly surprised and delighted” to learn that she had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. “I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win. It’s the middle of the night here and I had forgotten about it all, of course.”

The writer said that she had been awakened by her daughter with the news that Sweden’s Nobel Committee had given her its literature prize. She said that she always viewed her chances of winning the Nobel as “one of those pipe dreams” that “might happen, but it probably wouldn’t”.

Munro called the honour “a splendid thing to happen.” She is the 13th woman to win the coveted award, and the first Canadian.

The writer told CBC that her husband, who died a few months ago, would have been very happy, but said she likely would not reconsider an earlier vow to abandon writing “because I am getting rather old.”


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