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Mo Yan (left) receives his Nobel Prize for Literature from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf during the award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10. Photo: AP

 3. Mo Yan awarded Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2012 was awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," announced Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on October 11.

Mo Yan, 57, who became the first Chinese writer to win a Nobel Prize, is known for novels including Red Sorghum, the Garlic Ballads and Big Breasts & Wide Hips. Mo Yan, meaning "don't speak" in Chinese, is a pen name. His real name is Guan Moye. What he should wear at the prize award ceremony was a hot topic among Chinese netizens.

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