Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel prize for literature

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Oct. 11, 2012 14:16
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Chinese author Mo Yan autographs his book before taking part in a reading at the 61st Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt October 15, 2009, where China is this year's guest of honour. Yan won the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize on October 11, 2012.  
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STOCKHOLM - Chinese writer Mo Yan won the 2012 Nobel prize for literature on Thursday for works which the awarding committee said had qualities of "hallucinatory realism".

The prize won by the writer is worth 8 million crowns ($1.2 million) and was given by the Swedish Academy.

The literature prize is the fourth of this year's crop of prizes, which were established in the will of Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and awarded for the first time in 1901. ($1 = 6.5846 Swedish crowns) 


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