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Novelists “must take a humanistic stance, and write accordingly. Only then can literature not just originate in events but transcend them, not just show concern for politics but be greater than politics,” said Mo Yan, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature. (Associated Press)

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Novelists “must take a humanistic stance, and write accordingly. Only then can literature not just originate in events but transcend them, not just show concern for politics but be greater than politics,” said Mo Yan, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature. (Associated Press)

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Mo Yan demonstrates Chinese calligraphy for students during a visit to Hersby Gymnasium high school in Lidingo, outside Stockholm, on Friday. Mr. Mo’s literary output has been prolific, which has contributed to his popularity and his impact. (Associated Press)

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Chinese writer Mo Yan attends a press conference in Gaomi, his hometown, in east China's Shandong province Friday Oct. 12, 2012. Nobel Prize for literature winner Mo Yan has expressed hope that China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo will regain his freedom. Chinese calligraphy at right reads "all rivers run into the sea" meant to describe something as all encompassing. (AP Photo)

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Chinese writer Mo Yan attends a press conference in Gaomi, his hometown, in east China's Shandong province Friday Oct. 12, 2012. Nobel Prize for literature winner Mo Yan has expressed hope that China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo will regain his freedom. Chinese calligraphy at right reads "all rivers run into the sea" meant to describe something as all encompassing. (AP Photo)

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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)

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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)

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In this photo taken Sunday, March 25, 2012, Chinese writer Mo Yan attends a novel writing competitions as a judge, in Haikou in south China's Hainan province. Mo has won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012. (AP Photo)

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In this photo taken Sunday, March 25, 2012, Chinese writer Mo Yan attends a novel writing competitions as a judge, in Haikou in south China's Hainan province. Mo has won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012. (AP Photo)