STOCKHOLM — Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award, exiled critic Gao Xingjian.
National television broke into its newscast to announce the prize — exceptional for the tightly scripted broadcast that usually focuses on the doings of Chinese leaders.
“He said he was overjoyed and scared,” Mr. Englund said.
Among the works highlighted by the Nobel judges were “Red Sorghum, (1993), “The Garlic Ballads” (1995) and “Big Breasts & Wide Hips (2004).
“He’s written 11 novels and, let’s say, a hundred short stories,” Mr. Englund said. “If you want to start off to get a sense of how he is writing and also get a sense of the moral core in what he is writing, I would recommend ‘The Garlic Ballads.’”
“For me, personally, it’s the realization of a dream I’ve had for years finally coming true, it’s suddenly a reality, but what I mainly want to say is congratulations to Mo Yan,” said Cao Yuanyong, deputy editor-in-chief of Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, which has published much of Mr. Mo’s work.
The reception of the award in China contrasted with the reactions when jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, which infuriated the Chinese leadership.
The communist leadership also disowned the Nobel when Mr. Gao won the literature award in 2000 for his absurdist dramas and inventive fiction. Mr. Gao’s works are laced with criticisms of China’s communist government and have been banned in China.
Born Guan Moye in 1955 to a farming family in eastern Shandong province, Mr. Mo chose his pen name while writing his first novel.View Entire Story
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