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article imageCanadian writer Alice Munro wins Man Booker International

By Subhabrata Das     May 30, 2009 in Entertainment
Renowned Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won Man Booker International Prize for this year, beating a host of other eminent international writers including Mario Vargas Llosa, Mahasweta Devi and Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul.
On Wednesday, a panel of judges which comprised writers Jane Smiley, Amit Chaudhuri and Andrey Kurkov, has announced the name of Canadian celebrated short story writer Alice Munro as the recipient of the Man Booker International Prize for 2009.
Munro, 78, is the third winner of this prize worth $95,500, which is awarded once every two years to a living author for his or her lifetime achievement. Previous recipients were Ismail Kadaré (2005) from Albania and Chinua Achebe (2007) from Nigeria.
Munro, who was born and still lives in Canada, said: "I am totally amazed and delighted."
The panel of judges has praised Munro for the originality, wisdom and depth of her work. The panel said: “Alice Munro is mostly known as a short story writer and yet she brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels. To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before.”
Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, Man Group, hailed Ms. Munro as “the contemporary master of the short fiction genre.” He said: “We are delighted to honor her as the recipient of the third Man Booker International Prize.”
Munro became famous for her very first collection of stories Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968, which won Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award.
Her other successful works include Lives of Girls and Women (1971), which won the Canadian Booksellers Association International Book Year Award, and The Beggar Maid, which was shortlisted for the annual Booker Prize in 1980.
Her latest collection of short stories, “Too Much Happiness,” will be published in October.
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