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Mo Yan Of China Wins 2012 Nobel Prize In Literature

The Nobel Prize committee has announced that Mo Yan of China has been chosen as the winner of 2012 Nobel prize in literature. He is a school drop-out, who quit schooling during the days of ‘cultural revolution’ and joined people’s liberation army at the age of 20.

The prize is worth about $1.2 million.

His real name is Guan Moye. He adopted pen name ‘Mo Yan’ which translates as ‘don’t speak’ in Chinese.

The committee announced the prize motivation describing Mo Yan as one:

“who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”

His two important books are: Red Sorghum and The Garlic Ballads. He is considered as Franz Kafka of the East.

Time magazine had described him as “one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers”

This award has come as a surprise for many. Japanese author Haruki Murakami and Canadian author Alice Munro were the favourites to win this prize this year.