Mo Yan wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

Chinese author Mo Yan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature today.

As the Svenska Akademien puts it, Mo Yan is a writer “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”.  Click here for a full biography of the laureate.

Several of Mo Yan’s works have been translated into English, including Red Sorghum, Garlic Ballads, The Republic of Wine, Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh, Big Breasts & Wide Hips, and Life and Death are Wearing Me Out.

Kudos to the Nobel Prize website for their countdown clock, by the way.  Disturbingly addictive.  And congratulations to Arcade Publishing for planning a reprint of several of his titles next month – I think they might need to increase the print-runs!  🙂