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. 

A good week for … (October 14, 2012)

Mo Yan

Mo Yan

Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 2:32am

Nobel laureate Mo Yan praised for urging dissident's release

Chinese writer Mo Yan. Photo: EPA

China’s Nobel Prize-winning writer Mo Yan won praise on Saturday from supporters of the jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo after the officially tolerated writer called for his fellow laureate’s freedom.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:34pm

Nobel laureate Mo Yan rejects criticism over 'party ties'

Mo Yan arrives for a news conference in his hometown of Gaomi, the day after winning the Nobel Prize for literature. Photo: Reuters

Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, hit back yesterday at criticism of his perceived close ties to the authorities.

And, speaking to media who flocked to his hometown of Gaomi , in Shandong , the day after he won the prize, he also spoke of his wish to see the release of jailed dissident writer Liu Xiaobo , who won the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago.

13 Oct 2012 - 8:56am 4 comments

Mo Yan worthy of the Nobel Prize for literature

Chinese novelist Mo Yan. Photo: Xinhua

The award of the prestigious Nobel Prize to individuals deemed to have conferred the "greatest benefit of mankind" guarantees that every choice is open to debate. The Swedish Academy's decision to give the literature prize to Chinese author Mo Yan is no exception.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:47am

Newspapers divided in their enthusiasm over Nobel for Mo Yan

Chinese writer Mo Yan. Photo: AP

When Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday, China Central Television broke into its usually well choreographed main 7pm news bulletin to report the announcement.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:27am

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize win sees Chinese publishing stocks rise

Many bookstores have set up special sales counter for Mo Yan's works. Photo: Xinhua

The awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan gave media and culture sector stocks a boost on the A-share market.

Xinhua Media, a Shanghai-based company engaged in book publishing and newspaper management, rose 10.1 per cent, the maximum increase allowed in a single day, closing at 6.23 yuan, while the Shanghai composite index remained stable.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:27am

Chinese dissidents dismiss Nobel author as stooge of state

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Photo: AP

Mainland dissidents assailed Mo Yan's Nobel literature prize as a disgraceful vindication of the Communist Party's control of creative expression yesterday, accusing the author of being a stooge of officialdom.

While the award brought an outpouring of national pride, outspoken opponents of the Beijing government branded it a shameful validation of state controls on publishing.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:49am

New books on way from Nobel laureate Mo Yan

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

With his writings flying off bookshop shelves around the world, Mo Yan's publisher announced yesterday that the newly minted Nobel laureate would have four new books published by the year's end.

The first of the four new Chinese-language books, a pair of play scripts titled Womende Jingke, or "our Jingke", should hit the shelves before the end of the month.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:27am 1 comment

Writers praise Mo Yan's Nobel win at Hong Kong literary festival

Colm Toibin talks at the International Literary Festival in Central. Photo: May Tse

News of Chinese writer Mo Yan’s acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Literature came as some of the world’s best authors were in the city for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

13 Oct 2012 - 12:15pm

Nobel winner Mo Yan hopes for Liu Xiaobo release

Mo Yan on Friday told media that it was his duty to put the spotlight on political and social issues after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Photo: AFP

Chinese Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan called for the release of jailed compatriot Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago, after criticism from rights groups.

13 Oct 2012 - 12:23am 2 comments

A story of hallucinatory realism: new tool gives you an uncensored Weibo, just for a while

A story of hallucinatory realism: new tool gives you an uncensored Weibo, just for a while

A China-related news story made worldwide headlines last night after the Swedish Academy awarded Chinese author Mo Yan  as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature – a first for China in the Nobels’ century-long history. 

12 Oct 2012 - 5:10pm

Way of the mystic

Mo Yan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Mo Yan, beloved for his humanistic fiction, learned to appreciate the extraordinary in ordinary rural communities, Vivian Chen. Republished from South China Morning Post, September 30, 2008.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:24pm

Mo Yan: how the world has reacted to the honour

Copies of Mo Yan's book in a Causeway Bay shop. Photo: SCMP

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12 Oct 2012 - 8:47pm

Dissident slams award of Nobel prize to Mo Yan

The silhouette of Liu Xia, wife of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, is seen in this photo taken at her home in Beijing in August 2012. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since October 2010. Photo: Hu Jia

Prominent Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng on Thursday criticised the awarding of the Nobel literature prize to officially tolerated author Mo Yan, saying the move was meant to please Beijing.

12 Oct 2012 - 5:26pm 2 comments

Writers are complex creatures, not saints or politicians

Writers are complex creatures, not saints or politicians

There's no reason to believe Mo Yan's political views have diminished the quality of his real work, argues one prominent Chinese writer, which is writing.

12 Oct 2012 - 10:33am