Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize

In What's the Buzz by Andrew Wilkins

Nobel prize winner Mo Yan

The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature is Chinese writer Mo Yan who, according to the Swedish Academy’s customarily brief citation “with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.”

Mo Yan (a pseudonym for Guan Moye) is the author of several novels, including Red Sorghum, Big Breasts and Wide Hips and Life and Death are Wearing Me Out, and several short story collections. Many of Mo Yan’s works are published in English by New York-based Arcade Publishing (part of Skyhorse Publishing) and translated by leading Chinese–English translator Howard Goldblatt. Other English language publishers include Calcutta, India’s Seagull Books, which controls world English rights to the forthcoming Pow.

Pictured here celebrating the announcement are Naveen Kishore and Sunandini Bannerjee of Seagull Books at their Frankfurt Book Fair stand:

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Andrew Wilkins

Andrew Wilkins is the director of Wilkins Farago, an independent, Melbourne-based book publisher. Until 2008, he was publisher of Australia's book industry magazine, Bookseller+Publisher. He travels regularly throughout the Asia-Pacific region.