Born in Mauritius, this graduated ethnologist – Doctor in Social Anthropology at the University of London, and translator by profession, is considered one of the major and most prolific authors of the Indian Ocean. Her work, at times tragic but also full of poetic grace, counts many novels and collections of short stories. Haunted by issues such as social exclusion and otherness, deviance and suffering, she strongly and vehemently condemns the stifling climate of a society with multiple divisions; she stands against any form of rejection and claims the right to alterity. Ananda Devi has received numerous literary awards, including the Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the RFO book prize for her novel Eve de ses décombres and the prize Mokanda for her body of work. In 2010, she has been raised to the rank of Chevalier of Arts and Letters.