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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. 

Mo Yan's Nobel means recognition for China at last, but critics air doubts

Mo Yan's books are the centre of attention yesterday at the 64th Frankfurt Book Fair. Some critics questioned his ability to thrive under a strict censorship regime. Photo: AFP

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize for literature was hailed by the public as a sign that contemporary Chinese literature has finally won global recognition, even as several cultural critics questioned the value of his work.

Friday, 12 October, 2012, 7:30am

Mo Yan: a dark satirist who tells the 'big stories of China'

Mo Yan (left) has won a raft of awards, including the Mao Dun Literature Prize. Photo: Xinhua

Mo Yan has come far from Gaomi, where he was born to a farming family in the early days of communist rule, but his writing has never left.

12 Oct 2012 - 7:55pm

Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Mo Yan in Hong Kong in 2005. "There are many outstanding writers in China and their works also deserve recognition by the world," he said yesterday. Photo: SCMP

Author Mo Yan made history yesterday by becoming the first Chinese national to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Although mainland-born Gao Xingjian won the literature prize 12 years ago, he was by then a French citizen, after moving to France in 1987.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:28pm 1 comment

Delighted Mo Yan vows to 'strive harder' after Nobel

Journalists gather in Swedish Academy in Stockholm. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese author Mo Yan said he was delighted at winning this year’s Nobel prize for literature on Thursday, which will inspire him to “strive harder” in his writing.

12 Oct 2012 - 7:36am

Mo Yan: chronicler of a turbulent Chinese century

Chinese writer Mo Yan. Photo: AFP

Mo Yan has focused an unflinching eye on the darkness of 20th-century Chinese society in a prolific writing career that landed him the Nobel prize for literature.

11 Oct 2012 - 9:08pm

Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize

Chinese writer Mo Yan in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

Mo Yan, one of China’s leading writers of the past half-century, on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for his writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary.

13 Oct 2012 - 8:54am

Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami among Nobel literature favourites

Alice Munro and Haruki Murakami. Photos: AFP

With just hours to go before the Nobel Literature Prize laureate is announced in Stockholm, speculation has hit fever pitch with Canada’s Alice Munro and Japan’s Haruki Murakami often cited as possible winners.

Short story writer Munro is a favourite in Sweden’s literary circles, while the Japanese novelist is preferred by bookmakers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Media frenzy over author Mo Yan's chance to win Nobel Prize

Mo Yan speaks about his works and life in China during a visit to Hong Kong in 2005.

Critically acclaimed for his work and faulted for his tolerance of government censors, Chinese author Mo Yan has suddenly found himself at the centre of a media frenzy over his prospects of winning the Nobel Prize.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:30am

Media frenzy as Chinese author tipped for Nobel

Award-winning Chinese author Mo Yan. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Critically acclaimed Chinese author Mo Yan has suddenly found himself at the centre of a media frenzy over his prospects of winning the Nobel Prize.

9 Oct 2012 - 10:25pm

Appal at Nobel literature prize rumour

Mo Yan.

Writers, activists and many readers reject the idea that Mo Yan might win, saying his career has been tainted by censorship

8 Oct 2012 - 8:30am