Oct 11, 2012
By Scott Walker
The Nobel Prize winner for literature is Chinese writer Mo Yan.
The Swedish Academy praised Mo’s “hallucinatoric realism” that “merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.”
The 57-year-old author of works such as Red Sorghum and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out was considered one of the favourites by European odds-makers.
Mo Yan is a pen name. It means “don’t speak.”
Canadians Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro were said to be in the running.
The prize is worth about $1,200,000.