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Nobel Prize for Literature

Mo Yan picks up literature award

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 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

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

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 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, 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

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

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

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

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