Canadian Munro wins Nobel Prize
Press & Journal 11/10/13
A writer of short stories, revered as a thorough but forgiving chronicler of the human spirit, has won the Nobel Prize in literature.
Alice Munro, 82, is the first Canadian to receive the prestigious $1.2million £750,000 award since Saul Bellow, who left for the US as a boy and won in 1976.
Seen as a modern equivalent of the 19 th-century Russian master Anton Chekhov for her warmth, insight and compassion, she has captured a wide range of lives and personalities without passing judgment on her characters.
"I knew I was in the running, but I never thought I would win," Munro said when contacted in Victoria British Columbia.
It is likely to mark the final chapter in her career. She said in June she was "probably not going to write any more".
Peter Englund, of the Swedish Academy which made the award, said: "She has taken an art form, the short story, which has tended to come a little bit in the shadow behind the novel, and has cultivated it almost to perfection."
Munro is the 13th female literature laureate in the 112-year history of the Nobel Prizes.
Her work often turns on the difference between her youth in Wingham, a conservative Canadian town west of Toronto, and her life after the social revolution of the 1960.