Canadian author Alice Munro wins this year's Nobel Prize for Literature
Canadian author Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, with the Swedish Academy, in their announcement, calling her the "master of the contemporary short story."
Admirers have praised Munro's stories for their richness of plot and depth of detail.
Her tales mostly deal with the struggles, loves and tragedies of women living in small-town Canada.
"So I didn't know about it until quite recently, and then of course it just seemed one of those pipe dreams that -- it might happen but it probably wouldn't. I'm very surprised."
The short story, a style more popular in the 19th and early 20th century, has been the backbone of Munro's work and the characters in her stories are mainly girls and women leading unexceptional lives who struggle with tribulations including sexual abuse, failing marriages, repressed love and the troubles of aging.
The 82-year-old Munro has published several short story collections, including "Lives of Girls and Women" in 1971, "Runaway" in 2004 and "Too Much Happiness" in 2009.
"I would really hope that this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something that you played around with until you got a novel written."
Munro is the first Canadian writer and only the 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Previous winners include U.S. literary giants Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway.
Last year's recipient was the Chinese novelist Mo Yan .
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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