Born in Mauritius, Ananda Devi began to make her mark in Mauritian literature when she won, aged fifteen, a prize at a short-story competition open to all Francophone countries. This marked the beginning of a long literary career that now spans forty years, and that has seen her become one of the major French language writers of Mauritius and the Indian Ocean.
She is published by the prestigious publisher Gallimard and has won many prizes and awards. Her novels have been translated into several languages. She was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2010.