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Alice Munro wins Nobel Literature Prize
Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 01:00
Canada’s Alice Munro won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition, becoming just the 13th woman to win in the history of the coveted award since its inception in 1901.
The Swedish Academy honoured Munro, 82, as a “master of the contemporary short story”.
It hailed her “finely tuned storytelling, which is characterised by clarity and psychological realism. Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov.”
Munro will receive the prize sum of about Shs3 billion.
She will be presented with her award at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.
Last year, the award went to Chinese novelist, Mo Yan.