Nobel Prize for Literature

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.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 7:19am 1 comment

Nobel laureate Mo Yan takes swipe at critics in lecture

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate speaks during the traditional Nobel lecture on Friday at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese Nobel litreature laureate Mo Yan on Friday took a swipe at his critics in the traditional Nobel lecture, saying their target “had nothing to do” with him and urging them to read his books.

8 Dec 2012 - 9:17pm 2 comments

Sensible tactic to preserve creative space

Much has been made by Mo Yan's critics about his pen name, which means silence or say nothing. Photo: AP

Should every mainland artist or intellectual who has achieved prominence shout at the top of their lungs against the central authorities and become, inevitably thereafter, dissidents?

Some foreign critics and mainland dissidents seem to think so. And that seems to be the gist of their criticisms against Mo Yan since he won this year's Nobel Prize for literature.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 3 comments

Writers should be true to their convictions

A writer can be politically incorrect or completely apolitical, but he must be honest. Photo: AP

I still remember that afternoon more than 20 years ago when I first read Red Sorghum. I was bowled over. I hadn't yet come across the works of William Faulkner or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and as I read Red Sorghum then, I felt a rush of elation that a story about "my grandfather" and "my grandmother" could be told so boldly and without restraint.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 1 comment

Nobel Prize brings with it great pressure, laureate Mo Yan says

Mo Yan

Mo Yan says the demands and expectations of being the first Chinese national to win the Nobel Prize for literature is dampening the joy he feels about receiving the award.

16 Oct 2012 - 10:28am

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

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

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

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