Mo Yan, Nobel Prize Literature 2012, according to the words of the Swedish Academy is a writer ‘who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary’
(Just for curiosity, his real name is Guan Moye, Mo Yan means, more or less ‘don’t speak’) My congratulations to Mo Yan but… The Swedish Academy has two different criteria to award each year, and maybe they don’t hit every day but (and of course, Mo Yan is a great writer) when I see these prizes I always ask to myself: are there any politic motivation to award? When Herman Hesse won the prize he recognized that he won it because he was in the opposite side to the Nazis and that was the real reason why they gave him the Nobel Prize… there are many more cases but, of course, the authors are not guilty of this situation. They need to narrate and create worlds and they do fine.
The only sad thing here is that, once more, everybody can see shadows flying again in the Nobel Prize and I mean in Literature.
Congratulations Mo Yan and the prize must wait another year, Murakami. You were my favorite because I am not nominated. If I were, my opinion were very different.
Have a nice day.