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Mo Yan’s #Nobel: Parable of a Patsy? #China [Bloomberg]

This same article is published in Singapore’s Straits Times but the word patsy was not used. Rather the title for the Chinese majority island state read, ‘Nobel winner’s intriguing parable’.

Semantic arm twisting in agenda setting for different audiences as such, by the fourth estate, is apparent here.

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Mo Yan’s Nobel: Parable of a Patsy?
Adam Minter
Source – Bloomberg, published December 15, 2012

On Monday night, the Chinese author Mo Yan accepted his Nobel Prize in Literature in Stockholm. It was a big event for him, and an even bigger one for China’s newspapers and microblogs.

The interest was predictable: Mo is the first non-dissident Chinese national to win a Nobel Prize, and his award is thus celebrated as a moment of international recognition that has long eluded the world’s most populous country. In 2010, Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese dissident author and activist won the Peace Prize — the first Chinese national to win any Nobel – – much to the chagrin and embarrassment of the Communist Party he critiqued. Fair or unfair, Mo and his prize were destined to be viewed in Liu’s shadow, and Mo was destined to be asked about — and perhaps made to answer for — Liu.

The Chinese view Mo first and foremost as a soft-spoken writer of muscular, often cruel novels of the Chinese countryside. He inspires tremendous national pride (especially since the Nobel). Before his big win, Mo had never demonstrated much interest in speaking up politically. His name is actually a pseudonym that means “Don’t Speak,” and he claims to have adopted it in honor of his father’s orders to him during the Cultural Revolution.

Still, Mo is surely not naive about political matters. His role as vice chairman of the state-chartered Chinese Writers’ Association makes him a target of critics who seek to diminish his work as soft-core agitprop and certainly informs his understanding of the costs and benefits of speaking up on political issues.

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Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize [Associated Press]

Guan Moye, better known as his pen name Mo Yan 莫言, the Chinese author behind Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads and Big Breasts & Wide Hips wins the Nobel Literature Prize to some Chinese fanfare, perhaps dyslexic over the suggested political posturing of Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Once described by Donald Morrison as “one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers” (see Holding up half the sky, Time 2005), this demonstrates in some part, a shift in how the Beijing consensus has broadened its stock to include homegrown literary talent that is respected overseas, widening the range of representations into its collective identity.

Poignant… that Hu Xijin 胡錫進, editor-in-chief of the Global Times is suggesting on his microblog (a search for 胡錫進 on Weibo revealed that ‘In accordance with the relevant laws, regulations and policies, “Mr Hu Xijin search results are not displayed.’ I digress. Reportedly he alludes to the fact that the Chinese mainstream cannot be kept out for long.

For a look at news coverage from China and the UK –

China Daily – Is Mo Yan man enough for the Nobel? (October 9, 2012)

Xinhua – News Analysis: How did Mo Yan win China’s first Nobel Prize in Literature? (October 12, 2012)

The Australian – China’s Mo Yan wins Nobel for literature (October 11, 2012)

Fox News got their report from the AP – Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize; known for bawdy, sprawling tales (October 11, 2012)

The Guardian – Mo Yan’s Nobel prize for literature sparks celebration in China (October 11, 2012)

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Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize
by Karl Ritter and Louise Nordstrom
Source – Agency – AP, published October 11, 2012

In this photo taken Monday, Oct 22, 2007, Chinese writer Mo Yan speaks during an interview at a teahouse in Beijing. Mo won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Source – AP Photo: Aritz Parra

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that had disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award, an exiled critic.

National television broke into its newscast to announce the prize – exceptional for the tightly scripted broadcast that usually focuses on the doings of Chinese leaders.

The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the prestigious award, praised Mo’s “hallucinatory realism” saying it “merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” Read the rest of this entry »

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