Munro, "master of the short story", wins Nobel literature prize


By Sven Nordenstam and Niklas Pollard

STOCKHOLM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Canadian Alice Munro won theNobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for finely-tuned storytelling that made her what the award-giving committee called the"master of the contemporary short story".

"Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov," the SwedishAcademy said in statement on its website as it awarded the prizeof 8 million crowns ($1.25 million).

Munro, 82, started writing stories in her teens. She ismainly known for her short stories and has published manycollections over the years. Her works include "The View fromCastle Rock" in 2006 and "Too Much Happiness" three years later.

"Her texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisiveevents, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surroundingstory and let existential questions appear in a flash oflightning," the Academy said.

Munro lives in Clinton, not far from her childhood home insouthwestern Ontario, Canada.

In 2009, she revealed that she had undergone coronary bypasssurgery and been treated for cancer. She is known to be averseto publicity and rarely gives interviews.

The literature prize is the fourth of this year's crop ofprizes, which were established in the will of Swedish dynamiteinventor Alfred Nobel and awarded for the first time in 1901.

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