The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature: It’s Mo Yan

By Susan Harris

The Nobel Prize in literature goes to Chinese writer Mo Yan. From the citation: “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.” You can read what we thought of his Big Breasts and Wide Hips here.



I am calling for the help of those who have read one or more of Mo Yan’s books. With which book to start if I want to get an impression of this writer: ?


I have just finished reading “You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh” which is a collection of his short stories. Each one of them is brilliant, though the first one (after which the book is named) stands head and shoulder over the rest. I highly recommend this work to get acquainted with Mo Yan’s writing.

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