|(The Nobels) Alice Munro awarded literature prize
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013 is awarded to the Canadian author Alice Munro, the “master of the contemporary short story,'' the Swedish Academy said today.
Munro is sometimes described as the complete opposite of another great dame of Canadian literature -- Margaret Atwood.
Born on July 10, 1931 in Wingham, Ontario, she grew up in the countryside.
Her father Robert Eric Laidlaw raised foxes and poultry, while her mother was a small town schoolteacher.
At just 11 years old, she decided she wanted to be a writer, and never wavered in her career choice.
"I think maybe I was successful in doing this because I didn't have any other talents,'' she explained in an interview posted on YouTube.
"I'm not really an intellectual,'' Munro said. "I was an okay housewife but I wasn't that great. There was never anything else that I was really drawn to doing so nothing interfered in the way life interferes for so many people.''
"It always does seem like magic to me.''
Munro has said she writes about the "underbelly of relationships,'' adding she sets her stories in Canada "because I live life here at a level of irritation which I would not achieve in a place that I knew less well.''
"There are no such things as big and little subjects,'' she has said. "The major things, the evils, that exist in the world have a direct relationship to the evil that exists around a dining room table when people are doing things to each other.''
In a 2010 interview, she said she wanted readers "to feel something is astonishing -- not the 'what happens' but the way everything happens,'' she explained, adding that "long short story fictions do that best'' for her as opposed to full-length novels.