Chinese author Mo Yan, 57.
The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners, praised Mo’s “hallucinatory realism,” saying it “merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.”
“Red Sorghum”; “The Garlic Ballads”; “Big Breasts & Wide Hips”; “Frogs.”
Mo writes of visceral pleasures and existential quandaries, creating vivid characters. His early work stuck to a straightforward narrative structure enlivened by vivid descriptions and raunchy humor. In recent years, Mo has become more experimental, toying with different narrators and embracing a freewheeling style often described as “Chinese magical realism.”
WHAT DID HE SAY?
“China has a lot of great writers. I know that in my heart … I am very fortunate to have won this prize but I am quite clear. I know that the most important thing for an author is the work they produce … I’ll continue on the path I’ve been taking, feet on the ground, describing people’s lives, describing people’s emotions, writing from the standpoint of the ordinary people.”