Mo Yan Biography
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)
Birthday: February 17, 1955 (Aquarius)
Born In: Gaomi, Shandong, China
Guan Moye (known as Mo Yan in literary world) is a Chinese novelist and short-story writer. He is a multifaceted novelist whose work cannot be easily stereotyped. Being born and brought up in a poor farming family, his path to a literary career was not clear-cut and his achievements are purely based on his talent. His is known for his imaginative and humanistic fiction, which became popular in the 1980s. One can see influence of many writers on his writing style. Mo Yan's writings cover a wide span - from short stories, to novels, to essays. His often uses older Chinese literature and popular oral traditions as a starting point, combining these with contemporary social issues. His international breakthrough came with the epic novel 'Red Sorghum'. He was awarded the ‘2012 Nobel Prize in Literature’. Many of his books have also been adapted for movies internationally.