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Nobel-Winning Chinese Writer Inspired By Faulkner

Thu, October 11, 2012 7:00pm

Story by Neda Ulaby

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Chinese writer Mo Yan is the 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The 57-year-old writer has been compared to — and was inspired by — William Faulkner because of the way Mo creates an imaginary place and characters out of his hometown. He is a state-approved writer but some say there are subtle layers of social commentary in his writing.

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