The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 was awarded to the Canadian writer Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story". She is the thirteen woman laureated with the Nobel in Literature. Finally the prize was received by Alice Munro´s daughter Jenny, at Stockholm, because Munro´s health of 82 years old doesn´t allowed her to travel. The ceremony took place past tuesday December 10, the date in which Nobel died.
Munro recorded a video that was exhibited during the ceremony, "Alice Munro on her own words". The warmest applause was dedicated for her, and her daughter Jenny Munro received the award from King Carl Gustav of Sweden, who greeted her longer than any other of the awardees.
On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel's will one part was dedicated to "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction".
Munro short stories are known for their clarity and psychological realism. Stories of everyday life in small towns, women's of peaceful appearance, but with hidden secret feelings and emotions.
Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said that Munro, who has been with his stories about solving the "greatest mystery" of our material existence: "The human heart and its whims". Munro, "Master of the contemporary short story" can mean "in 30 pages longer than normal novelist at 300" with a "clear, transparent, delicate and surprisingly accurate" style. "If you read many works of Alice Munro attentively before or after one of her stories you will see face to face with yourself, this is a game that always leaves shaken, often transformed, but never destroyed," said Englund.
The award consists of a medal, a diploma and eight million Swedish kronor (about 930,000 euros, or $ 1.5 million), which are distributed among the winners in the same category.
The Concert Hall was elegantly decorated with scenes from the four seasons in Sweden, consisting of 17,000 flowers in white, green, pink, red and orange donated by the city of San Remo (Italy), where Alfred Nobel died.
Source:"The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web.