Back in August it was announced that a New Academy had been created to award an alternative Nobel Prize for Literature after the Swedish Academy was caught in a mire of controversy amid a rape scandal. The New Academy was put together by more than a hundred important cultural figures, journalists, writers and authors to honour literary greats with a new prize.
In August four authors were shortlisted, Haruki Murakami of Japan, who soon withdrew himself from the competition, Vietnamese-Canadian writer Kim Thúy; Maryse Condé of Guadeloupe; and British author Neil Gaiman who is based in the USA.
It was announced that on 12th October the winner would be announced and now it’s announced that Maryse Conde will collect the alternative Nobel Prize in an award ceremony in December.
Conde is one of the Caribbean’s most renowned authors and said she was ‘very happy and proud’ to win the alternative prize. The author will win around £87,000 raised from crowdfunding and donations and will receive the prize at a ceremony on 9th December. Conde has written more than twenty novels and this prize is likely to raise her exposure further. Below we have listed Maryse Conde’s most notable works.