October 16, 2012 by dontbringlulubook
This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in literature has been named.
Chinese writer Mo Yan was praised by the Swedish Academy “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary” (“Mo Yan – Biographical”. Nobelprize.org. 16 Oct 2012).
The naming of the 57 year old author, born Guan Moye in the Shandong province of China, has received mixed reactions throughout the world. Whereas some argue this author deserves the award, others believe it is pandering to the Communist controlled government.
The Nobel Prize in Literature was first awarded in 1901, dedicated to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.
There have been seven occasions when this Prize was not awarded, including two years in the First World War and four years in the Second.