Nobel Prize Winner Mo Yan’s Works On Exhibit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —  On October 11, 2012, Chinese Author Mo Yan was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. In celebration of Mo Yan’s award, Brown University Library’s East Asian Curator, Li Wang, selected a number of Mo Yan’s works in Chinese and English translation for display in the Gardner Room (room 311) on the third floor of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library.

Born in 1955 in a farmer’s family in Shandong province, Mo Yan (pseudonym of Guan Moye) wrote more than 30 novels and other books.  One of his best known novels, “Red Sorghum” (VHS copy available in the Library) was revised as a reward-winning movie in 1987, directed by Zhang Yimou.  A number of Mo Yan’s books have been translated into English, French, Spanish, German, and Swedish.

The Brown University Library’s English titles include Red Sorghum: A Novel of China (1993), The Garlic Ballads (1995), The Republic of Wine: A Novel (2000), Do Anything for A Laugh (2001), Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out: A Novel (2008).  The exhibit also features the Chinese works: Shifu, You’ll Shisan bu (十三步) (“Thirteen Steps”, 1989), Fengru feitun (丰乳肥臀) (“Big Breasts and Wide Hips”, 1996), Tanxiang xing (檀香刑) (“Sandalwood Death”, 2001), Muzhi kao (拇指铐) (“Thumb-cuffs”, 2008), and Wa (蛙) (“Frog”, 2009). Several English books that contain selected works by Mo Yan, and posters from the movie “Red Sorghum” in the magazine “Popular Cinema,” are also on display.

More works by Mo Yan will be added. The display is on view through October 19, between 9am and 5pm.

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