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Mo Yan says Nobel prize means more eyes on Chinese literature (3)


10:58, October 13, 2012

"I think the mania will end in one month, maybe even sooner and then everything will be back to normal," said the Nobel laureate.

A survey by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication showed that in 2011, an average Chinese person read 4.3 books a year, far fewer than the average in Western countries.


"Literature is a rather desolate and lonely field throughout the world. It's not like films and other media that attracts a huge audience," Mo said.

Mo said he once read an article in which the writer was worried that there would not be any readers for novels after seeing people swarm to see Hollywood films in the 1930s.

Decades later, people still hold pessimistic views over literature. And now besides films, internet and television drag more people away from literature, he said.

The writer, however, said "It (literature) will never perish."

Literature is an art of language and its language beauty could not be replaced by the beauties of other arts, he said.

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