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    Mo Yan Wins Nobel Literature Prize

    This picture taken on March 25, 2012, shows Chinese writer Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner, attending a novel competition in Haikou, in south China's Hainan province. The Swedish Academy announced on October 11, 2012 that Chinese author Mo Yan won the Nobel Literature Prize "with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary" . CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Chinese novelist Mo Yan, “one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers,” has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature. He is known for authoring the book that is the basis for the film Red Sorghum by Zhang Yimou. The Nobel committee said Mo is a writer “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” He was a nominee for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007 for Big Breasts & Wide Hips. Bookmakers had Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami as the favorite to win.

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