O conto

Deve haver quem proteste: como é que se atrevem a dar o Nobel a uma contista? A canadiana Margaret Atwood admitia, há uns anos: «Though her [Munro] fiction has been a regular feature of the New Yorker since the 1970s, her recent elevation to international literary sainthood took as long as it did partly because of the form in which she writes. She is a writer of stories - "short stories", as they used to be called, or "short fiction", which is now more common. Though many American and British and Canadian writers of the first rank have practised this form, there is still a widespread but false tendency to equate length with importance». O Nobel da Literatura dado a Alice Munro é, não apenas por isso mas também por isso, um grande acontecimento.