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The Prisoner of History

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November 5, 2020Current Issue The Prisoner of History August 14, 2014 issue Charles Simic It is hard for me to believe that I was born in Belgrade, and not in New York City, for I have a pretty good idea what it was like to live in New York in 1938. I can picture what the New Yorkers were doing in various neighborhoods and streets, the buildings and apartments they lived in, how they dressed, what they ate in restaurants, and where they went to see a movie and go dancing, while I lay around in my crib on Majke Jevrosime Street in Belgrade, playing with my toes and giving loving looks to a large teddy bear propped up next to me.I even have a photograph to prove it and another one of me, when I was a bit older, being pushed in a stroller by my mother down a street full of people. It is the spring of 1941 and I appear exceedingly pleased with myself, as though after much nagging I had finally persuaded her to buy me a toy, although, unknown to either one of us, Hitler and S…

Alice Munro wins Nobel prize in literature 2013

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013
“I hoped to write novels,” Ms Munro admitted in the preface to her "Selected Stories". But her life didn’t seem to allow for them. “When you are responsible for running a house and taking care of small children, particularly in the days before disposable diapers or ubiquitous automatic washing machines, it’s hard to arrange for large chunks of time.” The moral dramas faced by women—by every woman—have always been at the centre of her work. This makes the award of the Nobel all the more welcome. Out of 106 Nobel prizes for literature, this is only the 13th to go to a woman.Prospero“Tôi mong viết tiểu thuyết,” Ms Munro viết, trong lời tựa cho tập truyện “Truyện ngắn chọn lọc”. Nhưng đời hình như không chiều bà. “Khi bạn đầu tắt mặt tối với căn nhà, với lũ trẻ, vào cái thuở hồng hoang, con người chưa sáng chế ra được cái tã lót, và máy gặt quần áo, thật khó cưu mang 1 cuốn tiểu thuyết. Truyện ngắn thì OK”. Cái …