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Mo Yan

Mo Yan, born on February 17, 1955, is a renowned Chinese author. He is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. Mo is best known in the West for two of his novels which were the basis of the film Red Sorghum. He was appointed a deputy chairman of the quasi-official Chinese Writers' Association in November 2011. 

Made to be broken

The house in Nitchidorf village where Mueller lived. Photos: AFP; Corbis; Getty Images; Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian

Nobel prize winner Herta Mueller, who has labelled fellow laureate Mo Yan's award a 'catastrophe', tells Maya Jaggi that life under a communist regime drove her 'mad'.

Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 11:27pm

Nobel laureate Mo Yan will teach in Taiwan

Taiwan Normal University president Chang Kuo-en (left) and Mo Yan. Photo: SCMP

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan will teach Chinese writing and literature at a Taiwanese university beginning next year. The National Taiwan Normal University announced on Thursday that Mo Yan, who is from the mainland, would lecture on literature and the cross-strait literary experience. Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature last year.

5 Oct 2013 - 4:35am

Mo Yan shares some Nobel thoughts

Graphic: Henry Wong

Every writer in China is influenced by Chinese literature and Western literature. For Chinese literature, writers are influenced in two ways. They are influenced by the poems from the Tang dynasty and novels from the Ming and Qing dynasties. They are also influenced by folk tales. In my case, folk tales have a greater impact on my writing.

16 Sep 2013 - 5:43am

Censorship has spurred writers, says Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan

Censorship has spurred writers, says Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan

Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan has revealed in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post that he believes censorship has motivated authors to write about topics seen as taboo.

16 Sep 2013 - 8:21am 4 comments

Mo Yan: from farm labourer to literary superstar

Mo Yan

Mo Yan emerged as one of China's most prominent and influential authors during the 1980s, but came to worldwide attention in October last year when he became the first Chinese national to be awarded he Nobel Prize for Literature.

16 Sep 2013 - 5:19am

Short Science, May 19, 2013

Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan

Newly unearthed ape and monkey fossils prove that the cousin species lived side-by-side in Africa as long as 25 million years ago, according to a study published in Nature.

19 May 2013 - 1:38am

China news round-up: China closes N Korean bank account, Mo Yan 'just wants to write'

A sign displaying the Chinese and North Korean flags next to the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge which leads to North Korea, Dandong, Liaoning, April 10,2013. Photo: AFP

PetitionsSouthern Metropolis Daily* reports on the State Bureau for Letters and Calls trying to abolish its controversial grading system.China News Service*

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Book review: Pow!, by Mo Yan

Book review: Pow!, by Mo Yan

Mo Yan's first novel to appear in English since the Nobel honour, Pow! reads like public masturbation; at times laughable, in the end it reminds readers that such an act should be done in private rather than in print.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:51pm

China Nobel winner Mo Yan defies critics

Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan. Photo: KY Cheng

Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan has hit back at critics who accused him of being too close to China’s government, saying in a newspaper interview he does not write on behalf of the ruling Communist party.

28 Feb 2013 - 7:59pm 2 comments

China's reformers within

China's reformers within

Chinese author Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, came under fire late last year for choosing not to condemn the principles of censorship, comparing it, perhaps flippantly, to inconvenient yet necessary airport security checks.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:35am 4 comments

Mo Yan's Boxer Rebellion novel an orgy of pain and pleasure

Illustration: Brian Wang

Mo Yan's first novel to be published in English since he won last year's Nobel prize for literature is a strange, gruesome, vivid and ambitious historical novel set during the Boxer Rebellion (1898-1901). As the 20th century struggles into being, the grand narratives that will dominate most of the next 100 years (war, genocide, empire, economics, technology, guerilla warfare) are played out in ways that are at once intimate and epic, personal and political, realistic and surreal.

22 Jan 2013 - 3:12pm

A good year for ...

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

30 Dec 2012 - 5:59am

Mo Yan's Nobel speech splits public opinion

Mo Yan with his wife Qinlan Du at the ceremony. Photo: EPA

Author Mo Yan's speech at the Nobel awards banquet in Sweden has stirred mixed reactions from the public. Some deemed it honest, while others denounced his silence on the issue of mainland censorship.

12 Dec 2012 - 7:08am

Mo Yan picks up literature award

Mo Yan receives his Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Carl Gustaf in Stockholm last night. Photo: EPA

Mo Yan was given the Nobel Prize for Literature Award and a cheque for 8 million Swedish krona (HK$9.25 million) in a televised ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall last night.

In a presentation speech, Per Wastberg, chairman of the Nobel Committee, described Mo as a poet who "tears down stereotypical propaganda posters".

11 Dec 2012 - 7:19am 1 comment

Stark contrast for China's Nobel laureates - one fêted, one behind bars

Hong Kong activists send Christmas cards to laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia. Photos: K.Y. Cheng

Yesterday's UN Human Rights Day was marked by the starkly different fates of China's two Nobel laureates.

11 Dec 2012 - 10:02am 1 comment

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