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Ananda Devi

Invited to the 2017 Books & Music Festival

Ananda Devi was born in 1957 in Trois-Boutiques (Mauritius). Her great grandparents were from Andhra Pradesh, a state in southern India. She started writing very young, first tales and poems, then teenage novels.
She was noticed when she won, at the age of 15, a literary prize for a short story entitled " The Cité Attlee »As part of a competition organized by ORTF and ACCT. The news, broadcast on the radio and published in an anthology, made her known in Mauritius, where she began to write literary texts regularly in the newspapers.
She publishes her first collection of short stories, entitled " Solstices », In Mauritius at the age of nineteen. She is studying social anthropology at the University of London, where she is defending a doctoral thesis on an ethnic minority in Mauritius. At the same time, she continues to write and publishes another collection of short stories in 1987. At the end of her studies, she goes to live in Congo (Brazzaville) with her husband and publishes her first novel, " Rue la Poudrière »To the New African Editions.
Since 1991, she has been a translator in an international organization affiliated to the United Nations in Geneva. She lives in France near the Swiss border.
His last seven books have been published by Gallimard editions. Eve from her rubble received in 2006 the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the Prix RFO du livre and the Prix Suisse Suisse Romande du roman.

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