Mo Yan's Nobel lecture does little to dispel controversy
BEIJING (AFP) - Mr Mo Yan's Nobel lecture did little to dispel ongoing controversy in China's literary circles on Saturday, with state media widely covering the 2012 literature prize winner, while dissident artists piled on derision.
In the traditional Nobel lecture in Stockholm on Friday, Mr Mo, the vice-chairman of the government-backed China Writers' Association took a swipe at his critics, saying their target "had nothing to do" with him and urging them to read his books.
Mr Mo has walked a tightrope during his stay in Stockholm, where he will pick up the award on Monday, with some pundits supporting his own claims that he is "independent", and others casting him as a Beijing stooge.
In China, his lecture did little to dispel the divide.