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Alice Munroová

Datum narození: 10. červenec 1931

Alice Ann Munroová, vlastním jménem Alice Ann Munro, rodným jménem Laidlaw je kanadská spisovatelka, proslulá především svými povídkami.

Třikrát získala nejprestižnější kanadské literární ocenění Governor General's Award a roku 2009 i americkou Man Bookerovu cenu pro zahraniční autory. Většina jejích próz se odehrává v její rodné provincii Ontariu. Její povídka The Bear Came Over the Mountain byla roku 2006 zfilmována režisérkou Sarah Polleyovou pod názvem Away from Her. Film byl nominován na Oscara v kategorii nejlepší adaptovaný scénář.

V roce 2013 jí byla udělena Nobelova cena za literaturu, přičemž byla označena za „mistryni současné povídky“ s výjimečně vyvinutým pozorovacím talentem a stylově se blížící k ruskému prozaikovi Čechovovi. Stala se tak vůbec první Kanaďankou, která obdržela Nobelovu cenu, a třináctou ženou oceněnou za literaturu.

„Mavis Gallantová byla skvělá autorka povídek a stálý nadějný vliv na můj život.“

„The constant happiness is curiosity.“

„The conversation of kisses. Subtle, engrossing, fearless, transforming.“ Runaway

„There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand around a house. You can't know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you've reached it. I believe this.“

„Never underestimate the meanness in people's souls... Even when they're being kind... especially when they're being kind.“

„Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind... When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her.“ Too Much Happiness

„A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.“ Selected Stories

„In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.“ Too Much Happiness

„Because if she let go of her grief even for a minute it would only hit her harder when she bumped into it again.“ Away from Her

„You cannot let your parents anywhere near your real humiliations.“ Open Secrets

„Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.“

„Why is it a surprise to find that people other than ourselves are able to tell lies?“

„This is what happens. You put it away for a little while, and now and again you look in the closet for something else and you remember, and you think, soon. Then it becomes something that is just there, in the closet, and other things get crowded in front of it and on top of it and finally you don't think about it at all.

The thing that was your bright treasure. You don't think about it. A loss you could not contemplate at one time, and now it becomes something you can barely remember.

This is what happens.


Few people, very few, have a treasure, and if you do you must hang onto it. You must not let yourself be waylaid, and have it taken from you.“

„The thing is to be happy,' he said. 'No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It's nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn't believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, you're just there, going along easy in the world.“ Dear Life: Stories

„She was learning, quite late, what many people around her appeared to have known since childhood that life can be perfectly satisfying without major achievements.“ Too Much Happiness

„His face contained for me all possibilities of fierceness and sweetness, pride and submissiveness, violence, self-containment. I never saw more in it than I had when I saw it first, because I saw everything then. The whole thing in him that I was going to love, and never catch or explain.“ Lives of Girls and Women

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