Chinese author Mo Yan, 57.
The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners, praised Mo's "hallucinatoric realism," saying it "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary."
Red Sorghum; The Garlic Ballads; Big Breasts & Wide Hips; Frog.
Mo writes of visceral pleasures and existential quandaries, creating vivid characters. His early work stuck to a straightforward narrative structure enlivened by vivid descriptions and raunchy humor. In recent years, Mo has become more experimental, toying with different narrators and embracing a freewheeling style often described as "Chinese magical realism."