He is the first Chinese writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature. With his regional literature works appearing suddenly in the 1980s, he is honored as a “root-questing” literary writer full of complicated feelings of “homesick”.
His main works include Red Sorghum, Sandalwood Death, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Fatigue Life and Death, Frog and The Republic of Wine. His representative work Red Sorghum is seen as the landmark of Chinese literary works in the 1980s and has been translated into more than 20 languages and issues all over the world.
Mo Yan won Mao Dun Literary Prize in 2011 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012. The insiders said that his works “make folktales, history and contemporary society fuse together through Hallucinatory realism”. He also won the 2nd Dream of the Red Chamber Award, the 8th Mao Dun Literary Prize, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Fukuoka Asian Culture Award and the Top 100 Chinese Novels in the 20th century.