Ananda Devi

Invited to the Books & Music Festival 2017

Ananda Devi was born in 1957 in Trois-Boutiques (Mauritius). Her great-grandparents came from Andhra Pradesh, a State of Southern India. She started to write at a young age, first stories and poems, and then teenager novels.
She started to be renowned after winning, at the age of 15, a literary prize for a short story titled La Cité Attlee in the framework of a competition organized by the ORTF and the ACCT. The short story, spread on the radio and published in an anthology, made her popular in the Mauritius, where she started to regularly write literary texts in newspapers.
She published her first collection of short stories, titled Solstices in the Mauritius at the age of 19. She continued her social anthropology studies at the London University, where she wrote a PhD thesis on an ethnic minority of the Mauritius. At the same time, she continued to write and published another short stories’ collection in 1987. At the end of her studies, she went to live in Congo (Brazzaville) with her husband and published her first novel titled Rue la Poudrière under Nouvelles Editions Africaines.
Since 1991, she has been working as a translator for a UN international organization, in Geneva. She lives in France, close to the Swiss border.
Her last seven books have been published under Éditions Gallimard. Eve de ses Décombres has received in 2006 the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the Prix RFO du livre and the Prix Télévision Suisse Romande du roman.