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PostSubject: Mo Yan 1st Chinese citizen novelist to win Lit Nobel    Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:19 pm

Mo Yan 1st Chinese citizen novelist to win Lit Nobel

Saibal Dasgupta TNN

Beijing: Writer Mo Yan,whose complex world of fiction often reminds readers of literary greats such as William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez,pipped the bookmakers favourite,Japans Haruki Murakami,to become the first Chinese to win the Nobel Prize for literature.When the organizers broke the news to him,Mo said he was both overjoyed and scared.
Mo,57,is the author of renowned novels such as Red Sorghum (later turned into an acclaimed movie) and Big Breasts and Wide Hips.In an interview to Granta,he once said,Censorship is great for literature creation.
A response is awaited,but the award will please Chinese authorities as it is a rare instance of a Chinese artist or writer who is not a political dissident to win the coveted prize.
Beijing has been raging against the Swedish Academy ever since it gave the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.

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Born Guan Moye in 1955,Mo Yans childhood was spent in poverty and hunger.Pulled out of school at 12,forced to graze cattle
At 20,he joined the People's Liberation Army.Began to write in 1981 under the pseudonym Mo Yan,meaning dont speak First success in 1987 with Red Sorghum.Made into a film by Zhang Yimou,'Red Sorghum' won top prize at Berlin film festival in 1988 Other major works include 'The Republic of Wine','Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out' and 'Big Breasts and Wide Hips'

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nobel salutes Mo Yans hallucinatory realism


Beijing has been raging against the Swedish Academy since it gave the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.
Another Chinese,Gao Xingjian,won the literature Nobel in 2000 but he was a naturalized French.
The Swedish Academy conferred the award describing Mo as someone who,with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales,history and the contemporary.
Mo had suggested last month that he has not yet produced his best work.The great novel that matches the great times has yet to be written, Mo had said while receiving Chinas Mao Dun Literature in Beijing.
A farmers son,he once dropped out of primary school due to poverty before continuing his studies and going on to become a writer.Loneliness and hunger were my fortunes of creation, he is reputed to have once said.
Mo Yan (which means do not speak in Mandarin) is a pseudonym for Guan Moye.
Mo also did a stint with the Peoples Liberation Army and collaborated in Communist Partys literary projects.He is seen in some quarters as being too close to the party to be considered politically independent.Others feel he has effectively used literature to expose corruption,misdeeds during the family planning drive and decadence in society.
Chinas official media had launched a campaign in his favour in past weeks after two betting sites named Mo and Murakami as close runners.The Peoples Daily said the Nobel Academy usually took decisions based on political reasons rather than pure merit while advising readers not to get agitated if Mo missed it.
The awards announcement was greeted with pride in the Chinese internet but there were some who criticized the decision saying the writer is too close to the party to be regarded as politically independent.
Some netizens said they were relieved that it did not go to a Japanese at a time when the two countries were involved in a serious dispute over ownership of islands in the South China Sea.

Chinese winners: A tale of outliers

Beijing: Migrants,who left China,dominate the list of winners of Chinese origin for the Nobel Prize in different fields.Only two of the now 12 winners live in China.
One of them is Mo Yan,the literary prize winner for 2012.The other is Liu Xiaobo,the 2010 peace prize winner who is in prison for anti-national activities.
The other 10 winners including the Dalai Lama live in foreign countries.
Most of them live partly in the United Kingdom and in the United States.One of them lives in France,one in Taiwan (which China claims to be its territory) while the Dalai Lama resides in India.
Eight of the dozen winners were born in China before they migrated to other countries.Three were born in the US and one in Taiwan.
Besides Mo,the other writer of Chinese origin to win the literary prize is Gao Xingjian,who lives in France.He was involved in anti-government demonstrations before migrating,and his works are banned in China.
Six of the dozen winners have been honoured for their contribution to physics and two each for chemistry,literature and world peace

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