Mo Yan

Mo Yan


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

Genre

Influences


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

Average rating: 3.7 · 18,730 ratings · 2,527 reviews · 97 distinct worksSimilar authors
Red Sorghum

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3.73 avg rating — 4,264 ratings — published 1987 — 77 editions
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Life and Death are Wearing ...

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3.95 avg rating — 2,690 ratings — published 2006 — 46 editions
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Big Breasts and Wide Hips

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3.73 avg rating — 1,951 ratings — published 1996 — 48 editions
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The Garlic Ballads

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3.70 avg rating — 1,824 ratings — published 1988 — 48 editions
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Frog

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3.68 avg rating — 1,993 ratings — published 2009 — 63 editions
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The Republic of Wine

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3.50 avg rating — 1,334 ratings — published 1992 — 42 editions
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3.39 avg rating — 1,851 ratings — published 2010 — 50 editions
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Shifu, You'll Do Anything f...

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3.60 avg rating — 826 ratings — published 2001 — 27 editions
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Sandalwood Death

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4.16 avg rating — 462 ratings — published 2001 — 28 editions
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POW!

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3.47 avg rating — 342 ratings — published 2003 — 16 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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