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Chinese Novelist Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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Mo Yan after giving a reading in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Wiki commons)

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J. Kolfhaus, Gymnasium Marienthal

The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to 57-year-old Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

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The Swedish Academy praised Mo's "hallucinatory realism," saying it "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary." Mo's books include "Red Sorghum", which was adapted for the silver screen in 1987, "Big Breasts & Wide Hips", "Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out" and "Frog".

The World's Beijing correspondent Mary Kay Magistad says officials in China celebrated the news, though reactions overall were mixed.