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Mo Yan and the Politics of Language

After being questioned over his close relationship with the Chinese government, the Nobel-winning author Mo Yan is now facing another round of criticism for the quality of his writing.  Anna Sun at The Kenyon Review writes that...

Drawing the News: Mo Yan and the Nobel

Mo Yan, the magical realist writer who is also the vice-chairman of the state-run Chinese Writers’ Association, is China’s latest Nobel prize winner and the first to be publicly feted in the People’s Republic....

Mo Yan Wins 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

The Swedish Academy announced on Thursday that the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to China’s Mo Yan, “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”. Mo said that he was...

China’s Nobel Winners, Past and Possible

With the announcement this week of the 2012 Nobel Prizes, the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas revisits the situation of imprisoned 2010 Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia. Liu Xia remains under strict house...

Netizens React to Pritzker Announcement

The New Yorker writes about the reaction in China to Monday’s news that Wang Shu had won architecture’s prestigious Pritzker Prize: While the pronouncement produced the obligatory congratulations here in the West, it...

Living Without ‘Isms’

From The Guardian: In May this year, when news of the Sichuan earthquake reached the Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian at his home in Paris, he remembered living through a similar disaster in China more than 30 years ago: “Even...

Gao Xingjian: Composing a Narrative in Ink Paint

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gao Xingjian presently has an exhibit of his ink-on-rice-paper paintings in Hong Kong. From The International Herald Tribune: Although he is better known around the world as a playwright and...

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