Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died

Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died
Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died

Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died (AFP)

The Canadian writer Alice Munrowinner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and whose stories about the loves and tribulations of the women of a small town in her homeland made her an acclaimed master of the short story, died Monday at the age of 92, the newspaper reported. Globe and Mail.

The Globe, citing family members, said Tuesday that Munro had suffered from dementia for at least a decade. Munro published more than a dozen short story collections and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.

Her stories explored sex, longing, discontent, aging, moral conflict, and other themes in rural settings with which she was intimately familiar: towns and farms in the Canadian province of Ontario, where she lived. She was an expert at developing complex characters in the limited pages of a short story.

Munro, who wrote about ordinary people with clarity and realism, was often compared to Anton Chekhovthe 19th-century Russian author known for his brilliant short stories, a comparison the Swedish Academy cited in awarding him the Nobel Prize.

The Academy described her as “a master of the contemporary short story”: “Her texts often present descriptions of everyday but decisive events, a kind of epiphanies, which illuminate the surrounding history and let existential questions appear in a flash.”

Jenny Munro, daughter of the Canadian writer Alice Munro, collects the Nobel Prize for Literature from her mother during the 2013 Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm (REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency)

In an interview given to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation After winning the Nobel Prize, Munro declared: “I think my stories have had a pretty remarkable spread for short stories, and I really hope that this makes people see the short story as an important art, not just something to be entertained.” “Play until you have written a novel.”

His works include: “Dance of Happy Shadows” (1968), “The Lives of Women” (1971), “Who Do You Think You Are?” (1978), “The Moons of Jupiter” (1982), “Hate, Friendship, Dating, Love, Marriage” (2001), “Fugitive” (2004), “The View from Castle Rock” (2006), “Too Much Happiness” ” (2009) and “Dear Life” (2012).

The characters in her stories were often girls and women who lead seemingly unexceptional lives but struggle with tribulations ranging from sexual abuse and suffocating marriages to repressed love and the ravages of age.

Her story of a woman who begins to lose her memory and agrees to enter a nursing home, titled “The Bear Crossed the Mountain”, from “Hate, Friendship, Courtship, Love, Marriage”, was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film in 2006 “Far from her”, directed by fellow Canadian Sarah Polley.

Some of the author’s works translated into Spanish

The Canadian novelist Margaret Atwoodwhich he wrote in Guardian after Munro won the Nobel, he summarized his work.

“Shame and modesty are driving forces for Munro’s characters, just as perfectionism in writing has been a driving force for her: getting it done, getting it right, but also the impossibility of it. Munro recounts failure much more often than success, because the writer’s task has failure built into it.

The short story, a style more popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, has long been relegated to the background compared to the novel in popular taste – and when it comes to attracting awards. But Munro was able to infuse his short stories with a richness of plot and a depth of detail that is usually more typical of long novels.

“For years and years I thought that stories were just for practice, until I had time to write a novel. “Then I discovered that they were the only thing I could do and that’s how I dealt with it,” Munro told the magazine. New Yorker in 2012.

She was the second Canadian-born writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, but the first with a clearly Canadian identity. Saul Bellow, who won in 1976, was born in Quebec but raised in Chicago and was considered an American writer.

Munro also won the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and the Giller Prize – Canada’s most prestigious literary award – twice.

Alice Laidlaw was born on July 10, 1931 in Wingham, a small town in the southwestern region of Ontario that serves as the setting for many of her stories, into a family of farmers with economic difficulties, and began writing in the adolescence.

Munro began writing short stories while staying at home. His intention was to write a novel one day, but with three children he never found the time. The author began to make a name for herself when her stories began to appear in the New Yorker in the 1970s.

She married James Munro in 1951 and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where they both ran a bookstore. They had four daughters – one died within hours of birth – before divorcing in 1972. Munro then returned to Ontario. Her second husband, geographer Gerald Fremlin, died in April 2013.

In 2009, Munro revealed that he had undergone heart bypass surgery and had received cancer treatment.

Source: Reuters. Reporting by Ismail Shakil and David Ljunggren. Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira and Juana Casas

 
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