A 57-year-old Chinese writer won the much praised and awaited 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel prize award worth is $1.2 million. The Swedish Academy praised Yan “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” This is according to Englund at a press conference.
Mo Yan is pseudonym of Guan Moye (his real name). He was born in 1955 and grew up in Gaomi in Shandong province in eastern China. His parents were farmers.
When he was 12-year-old, he left school to work during the Cultural Revolution, he work in agriculture, then in a factory. In 1976 he joined the People’s Liberation Army and at this time he began to study literature and write some of his works. Mo Yan’s first short story was published in a literary journal in 1981.
Mo Yan is China’s most loved, most popular and controversial writer, he is best known for his depiction of Chinese rural life, particularly the Chinese women. His works include Frog, Big Breasts and Wide Hips,Red Sorghum (which adapted into a 1987 film) and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. Mo Yan is the first Chinese citizen to win the prestigious prize but not the first Chinese writer. French émigré Gao Xingjian won in 2000. He recently won China’s prestigious Mao Dun literary award — a potential indication that China has become more open to talking about the issue.
Aside from writing his novels, Mo Yan has published a number of short stories and essays on various topics. Regardless of his social criticism, he is seen in his homeland as one of the foremost contemporary authors, the statement added.
Most of his works have been translated into English, French and Japanese and many other languages.People enjoyed his literary pieces all over the world.
Last year’s literature prize went to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer.