Sweden: Alternative Nobel Prize for literature goes to Maryse Conde

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Guadeloupean writer Maryse Conde was announced as the winner of the New Academy Prize for literature in Stockholm on Friday.

The New Academy group was created by several notable intellectual figures in Sweden and aimed to take the place of the suspended Nobel prize for literature. An on-going sexual scandal are marring the Swedish Academy, the body responsible for the Nobel prize in literature, causing a one-year halt of the coveted prize.

Maryse Conde is a Guadeloupe-born, French-writing author best known for her historical novel Segu. She was awarded the prize over two other shortlisted authors, Vietnamese-Canadian Kim Thuy and American Neil Gaiman. Haruki Murakami was also shortlisted, but asked for the withdrawal of his candidature.

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