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Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Alice Munro

Only 13th woman who won the world’s prestigious prize

Alice MunroStockholm/ Ottawa : Alice Munro, the first Canadian based writer, aged 82 won the prestigious 110th Nobel Prize for literature. The Nobel selection committee declared today.

Munro, a 2009 winner of Man Booker international Prize winner is read for her schematic short stories set in the small towns. The swidish academy, which selects the winners for the prize, called her ‘master of contemporary short story’.

 Reacting over the achievement, Munro today told that she was “just terribly surprised” and delighted. She said, “I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win,” Munro said, in comments reported by the CBC. 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 she always viewed her chances of winning the Nobel as “one of those pipe dreams” that “might happen, but it probably wouldn’t”.

“It’s the middle of the night here and I had forgotten about it all, of course,” she told the Canadian broadcaster.

Munro called the honour “a splendid thing to happen.” Munro won the Nobel Literature Prize for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition, becoming just the 13th woman to win the coveted award, and the first Canadian.

The writer told the 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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