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Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:34 am
Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The results are in, and this year’s favorite for the Nobel Prize in Literature will have to wait another year. Not that anyone would begrudge the acclaimed Mo Yan the win—not only did he win the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning, but he’s the first Chinese author to receive the coveted accolade.  The Nobel Prize committee has this to say about his work:

Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.

Want to read some Mo Yan? Here are Booklist reviews of a few of his novels.

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out

Big Breasts & Wide Hips

Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh

The Garlic Ballads

Red Sorghum

One Response to “Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature”
  1. Book News, Oct. 20th — The Librarian Next Door Says:

    [...] Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first Chinese author to win this particular honor. In its announcement of the award, the Nobel Committee compared Yan to William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, noting his [...]


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