Chinese Writer Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Eileen Bach/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- This year's Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.

In a statement, the academy applauded Yan's ability to merge "folk tales, history and the contemporary" with his "hallucinatory realism."

The award represents a break from the recent past.  The prize has gone to European authors three times in the last four years.

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