Mo Yan


Born
in Gaomi, Shandong province, China
February 17, 1955

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Modern Chinese author, in the western world most known for his novel Red Sorghum (which was turned into a movie by the same title). Often described as the Chinese Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller.

Mo Yan (莫言) is a pen name and means don't speak. His real name is Guan Moye (simplified Chinese: 管谟业; traditional Chinese: 管謨業; pinyin: Guǎn Móyè).

He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 for his work which "with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary". Among the works highlighted by the Nobel judges were Red Sorghum (1987) and Big Breasts & Wide Hips (2004), as well as The Garlic Ballads.

Chinese version: 莫言
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3.75 avg rating — 5,481 ratings — published 1987 — 83 editions
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Big Breasts and Wide Hips

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3.77 avg rating — 2,428 ratings — published 1996 — 49 editions
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The Garlic Ballads

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3.73 avg rating — 2,283 ratings — published 1988 — 57 editions
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3.51 avg rating — 1,658 ratings — published 1992 — 46 editions
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3.42 avg rating — 2,513 ratings — published 2010 — 50 editions
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3.59 avg rating — 1,035 ratings — published 2001 — 32 editions
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Sandalwood Death

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4.19 avg rating — 617 ratings — published 2001
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3.48 avg rating — 432 ratings — published 2003 — 18 editions
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“Finally, she mused that human existence is as brief as the life of autumn grass, so what was there to fear from taking chances with your life?”
Mo Yan, Red Sorghum

“People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature.”
Mo Yan

“Where there's life, death is inevitable. Dying's easy; it's living that's hard. The harder it gets, the stronger the will to live. And the greater the fear of death, the greater the struggle to keep on living.”
Mo Yan, Big Breasts and Wide Hips

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