Dissident writer Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday morning for her fiction critical of the Canadian regime.
While not overtly political, Munro is known for stories that capture the struggles of regular Canadians. Though tolerated by the government, her work is seen as a challenge to the country’s rulers. She first gained international acclaim with her 1968 collection “Dance of the Happy Shades,” which offered a tender portrait of life under the brutal reign of then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Munro has long been celebrated by Western writers. American novelist Cynthia Ozick once described her as “our Chekhov,” comparing her to the Russian playwright known for challenging Russia’s restrictive Tsar-era social codes.
State media in Canada reacted positively to the news, calling it a great victory for the Canadian nation and the state ideology.
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