Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Congrats to Mo Yan on being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature a few days ago, the first Chinese Mainland writer to receive it. His novels are epic social commentaries on 20th century China, set in poor, usually rural communities (in which he himself grew up), their bleakness offset by satire, black humour and occasional magic realism - thankfully. 
His most famous book is probably Red Sorghum, made even more famous through the film (see this post). We've worked with him a fair bit: he helped us with our Dickens Bicentenary project, was part of the writers delegation to the London Book Fair last April, and met with David Mitchell when he visited China in August.

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