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As a child, his parents warned him not to speak his mind, due to the political situation in China at the time. This would inspire his pen name (Mo Yan means Don't Speak in Chinese). He eventually enlisted in the People's Liberation Army and began writing as a soldier. His first novel ''Red Sorghum Clan'', published in 1986, brought him national recognition.

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As a child, his parents warned him not to speak his mind, due to the political situation in China at the time. This would inspire his pen name (Mo Yan means Don't Speak in Chinese). He eventually enlisted in the People's Liberation Army and began writing as a soldier. His first novel ''Red Sorghum Clan'', published in 1986, brought him national recognition.
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* NomDePlume: Mo Yan means "Don't speak" in Chinese. The name comes from his parents warning him as a child not to speak his mind due to China's political situation at the time.



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* RagsToRiches: The son of poor farmers, he has become one of China's most famous writers.

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Mo Yan (born Guan Moye, February 17, 1955) is a Chinese author.

As a child, his parents warned him not to speak his mind, due to the political situation in China at the time. This would inspire his pen name (Mo Yan means Don't Speak in Chinese). He eventually enlisted in the People's Liberation Army and began writing as a soldier. His first novel ''Red Sorghum Clan'', published in 1986, brought him national recognition.

In 2012, he was awarded the UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature with the Nobel Committee describing him as an author "who with hallucinatory realism merges folktales, history, and the contemporary."
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*AuthorAppeal: Liquor
--> '''Mo Yan''': ''People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature.''
*AuthorAvatar: Often shows up as a character in his own novels. His portrayal of himself is usually not flattering.
*BlackComedy: This aspect of his work has drawn comparisons to Joseph Heller and Creator/FranzKafka.
!!Selected Bibliography
*''Red Sorghum Clan''
*''The Garlic Ballads''
*''The Republic of Wine''
*''Big Breasts & Wide Hips''
*''Life and Death are Wearing Me Out''

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