Ananda Devi

Ananda Devi (born March 23, 1957) is a Mauritian writer. Of Andhra Pradesh and Creole descent, she was born at Trois-Boutiques, Mauritius. At the age of 15, she won a prize in a Radio France Internationale short story competition. She went on to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In 1977, she published a collection of short stories Solstices. After spending several years in Brazzaville in the Congo, she moved to Ferney-Voltaire in 1989, the same year in which her first novel Rue la poudrière was published. This was followed by more novels: Le Voile de Draupadi in 1993, L’Arbre fouet in 1997 and, in 2000, Moi, l’interdite, which received the Prix Radio France du Livre de l’Océan Indien. In 2007, Devi received the Certificat d’Honneur Maurice Cagnon du Conseil International d’Études Franophones.