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Mo Yan of China wins Nobel Literature Prize

Published on Oct 11, 2012 7:10 PM
Chinese writer Mo Yan, seen in this file photo from Oct 13, 2009, won the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday for works which the awarding committee said had qualities of "hallucinatory realism". -- PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Chinese author Mo Yan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary.

"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 Garcia Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition," the Swedish Academy said.

Mo Yan, whose real name is Guan Moye and was born in 1955, "with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary", the jury said.

He has published novels, short stories and essays on various topics, and despite his social criticism is seen in his homeland as one of its foremost contemporary authors.

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