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Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel winner Mo Yan expected to avoid politics in Sweden

Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Mo Yan, talks to journalist outside Beijing airport before leaving for Sweden to accept the award. Photo: Xinhua

China’s Nobel literature winner Mo Yan heads to Sweden on Wednesday to collect his award, but he is expected to avoid mentioning in his speech jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012, 8:58pm

China writers praise Mo Yan for dissident release call

A protester tapes images of Mo Yan (left) and Liu Xiaobo to a gate during a demonstration in front of the Chinese liaison offices in Hong Kong on Saturday. Photo: AFP

An independent Chinese writer’s group has welcomed calls by Nobel prizewinner Mo Yan for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, but questioned his stance on freedom of speech.

Some dissidents accused Mo Yan of being a communist stooge after he won the literature award on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

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

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