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MO YAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," according to the citation read by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.

Penguin Books is the proud publisher of Mo Yan's best known novel RED SORGHUM. Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty, as the Chinese battle both Japanese invaders and each other in the turbulent 1930s.

RED SORGHUM won major literary awards in China and inspired an Oscar-nominated film. The Penguin edition is translated by acclaimed Chinese translator Howard Goldblatt.

"We are delighted Mo Yan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature," said Kathryn Court, President and Publisher of Penguin Books. "Penguin originally published RED SORGHUM in 1994. It is a title that continues to sell for us and has strong course adoption. With this prize it will gain a whole new audience."

Penguin Books has 23 authors who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature including Rudyard Kipling, Selma Lagerlöf, Knut Hamsun, Anatole France, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Sigrid Undset, Thomas Mann, Sinclair Lewis, Luigi Pirandello, Eugene O'Neill, Hermann Hesse, André Gide, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Pablo Neruda, Heinrich Böll, Saul Bellow, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, Nadine Gordimer, and J.M. Coetzee.

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