CHINESE AUTHOR WINS NOBEL LITERATURE PRIZE

Oct 11, 2012

By Scott Walker

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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.

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