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Mo Yan, a Chinese writer of 11 novels and countless short stories, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that had disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award. (Associated Press)

Mo Yan, a Chinese writer of 11 novels and countless short stories, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that had disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award. (Associated Press)

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