(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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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN