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Mo Yan says Nobel prize means more eyes on Chinese literature (2)

(Xinhua)

10:58, October 13, 2012

He said the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy informed him of the win through a phone call, 20 minutes before the news was publicly announced.

OBSESSED WITH READING IN CHILDHOOD

Mo, who was born into a farmer's family in a village and dropped out of school at the age of 12, started reading books in a mill of his house using the flickering light of an oil lamp as he did not want to work in the field.

"In my childhood, there were only a few books available in my village. I had to resort to every means to find a book to read. I traded books with others and even churned the mill and reaped wheat for others in exchange for books," he said.

"When I finished reading all the books available in villages around, I thought I was the most knowledgeable man in the world."

"With no more books at hand, I even started reading a Chinese dictionary. I read it so many times that I even found mistakes in it."

LIMITED EFFECT IN REVERSING READING DECLINE

"With more means available to pass one's spare time now, such as chatting online and listening to music, one's reading time will definitely end up shorter," Mo said.

Mo said he did not expect his Nobel Prize in Literature to boost Chinese people's reading habits despite the buzz his winning has created.

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