Canada’s Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for literature 2013

Canada’s Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for literature for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition. Alice Munro is the 13th woman to win the Nobel Literature Prize since it was first awarded in 1901.

Alice Munro’s stories are often set in small town environments, where the struggle for a socially acceptable existence often results in strained relationships and moral conflicts and problems that stem from generational differences and colliding life ambitions.

The Swedish Academy honoured Munro, 82, as a “master of the contemporary short story”.

Alice Munro is also the first Canadian to win the prestigious honour.

Munro will receive the prize sum of eight million Swedish kronor ($1.24 million, 915,000 euros). 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.

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