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China's Mo Yan Takes Home Literature Nobel

OCTOBER 25, 2012

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Chinese pro-establishment writer Mo Yan wins 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature



In a slightly unexpected decision, The Nobel Prize Committee has announced Chinese writer Mo Yan as this year's Nobel Prize winner for Literature. The Nobel panel has typically favoured European writers over Asian writers while choosing Nobel laureates for literature in the past. The Swedish Academy, while praising Mo's "hallucinatoric realism," said that it "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary."


In his writings, Mo writes of visceral pleasures and existential quandaries and tends to create vivid, mouthy characters. Though Mo is the first Chinese national to win the Nobel literature prize, he's not the first Chinese to achieve the honour. Before him, another Chinese writer had won the prize in 2000 but his writings were banned by the government due to their anti-establishment stance.



In recent past, European authors had won four of the past five awards, with the last year’s prize going to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer. The prize carries a citation and a cash prize of 8 million kronor, or about $1.2 million (approx INR 6.24 Crore).



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