Chinese writer Mo Yan, 57, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature for his writing on “hallucinatory realism.”
In his novels and short stories, Mr. Mo paints sprawling, intricate portraits of Chinese rural life, often using flights of fancy — animal narrators, the underworld, elements of fairy tales — that evoke the techniques of South American magical realists.
Mo, who was once so destitute he ate tree bark and weeds to survive, is the first Chinese national to win the $1.2 million literature prize, awarded by the Swedish Academy.
Here is a list of Mo Yan’s literature over the years.
- Red Sorghum (first published in 1987 in Chinese; in 1993 in English)
- The Garlic Ballads (first published in English in 1995)
- Explosions and Other Stories, a collection of short stories
- The Republic of Wine: A Novel (first published in 1992 in Chinese; 2000 in English)
- Shifu: You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh, a collection of short stories (first published in 2002 in English)
- Big Breasts & Wide Hips (first published in 1996 in Chinese; 2005 in English)
- Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out (published in English in 2008)
Published on Oct 11, 2012 by MediaAsiaG2.