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Chinese novelist Mo Yan was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 11, 2012. Guan, Moye is better known by the pen name Mo Yan, meaning “don’t speak” in Chinese. He was born in 1955 in the Gaomi County, Shangdong province of China. Starting from 1981, he wrote over 30 novels and other books. His works are more “epic historical novels” mixed with realistic description and folklores.
UVic Libraries collect his best known novels including Red Sorghum Clan (Hong Gao liang), Big Breasts and Wide Hips (Feng ru fei tun), Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out (Sheng si pi lao).
Some of his novels were also produced as movies by Zhang Yimo, such as Red Sorghum (Call number: PN1997 R384) and Happy Times (Call number: PN1997.2 X565).