Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Great Regulars: Some of the books of Mo Yan,

whose real name is Guan Moye, have been banned as "provocative and vulgar" by Chinese authorities but the 57-year-old writer has also been criticized by some as being too close to the ruling Chinese Communist Party considering the tight state control over cultural affairs in the country.

The Nobel Academy, which announced the award in Stockholm, said Mo was honored for using "a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives" to create "a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez."

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Nobel Win Stirs Controversy


In a move that looks set to dampen official glee over his honor, Mo Yan, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, has expressed the hope that jailed 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo will be released from jail "very soon."

Mo's honor had previously met with a dismissive reaction from rights activists and dissident writers, while his achievement was widely lauded by the official media, which is closely controlled by China's ruling Communist Party.

"I now hope that he can regain his freedom very soon," Mo told a news conference in in hometown in the eastern provine of Shandong.

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Nobel Writer Calls for Liu's Release


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