来源：上海学生英文报 2012-10-25 14:04
Mo Yan, the first Chinese national, won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Mo Yan wins Literature Nobel
Chinese writer Mo Yan won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy (瑞典文学院) announced on October 11.
Mo Yan, the first Chinese national to win the prize, said that he was “surprised” and “delighted” at his winning.
Mo Yan, whose real name is Guan Moye (管谟业), was born in 1955 and grew up in a small village in Gaomi (高密), Shandong province.
Many of his novels are set in his hometown, including his best known work, Red Sorghum (《红高粱》). The novel was made into an Oscar- nominated film by director Zhang Yimou in 1987. Some of his works have been translated into English, French, Japanese and many other languages.
After learning that he had won the prize, Mo thanked his hometown for inspiring him. He said in a television interview that he was very thankful to the land where he grew up and that he goes back there every year.
The academy said in a statement: “In his writing, Mo Yan draws on his youthful experiences and on settings in the province of his birth. This is apparent in his novel Red Sorghum.”
Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created such a complex world that reminds people of those in the writings of William Faulkner* and Gabriel Garcia Marquez*; at the same time, he has found a departure point (出发点) in old Chinese literature and in oral (口头的) tradition, the academy commented.
The winner of the prize will be awarded a gold medal, a diploma and 8 million Swedish kronor (about 7.5 million yuan).