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A glance at the Nobel Prize for literature

The Associated Press, Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:53am (PDT)

WHO WON?

Chinese author Mo Yan, 57.

FOR WHAT?

The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners, praised Mo's "hallucinatoric realism," saying it "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary."

NOTABLE WORKS

Red Sorghum; The Garlic Ballads; Big Breasts & Wide Hips; Frog.

LITERARY IMPACT

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."

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