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Mo Yan 'very surprised' upon winning Nobel Literature Prize

(Xinhua)

09:27, October 12, 2012

Mo Yan, after winning the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, is interviewed by the press in his hometown Gaomi, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 11, 2012. Chinese writer Mo Yan has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy announced in Stockholm on Thursday. (Xinhua/Zhao Xiaoyu)

GAOMI, Shandong, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese writer Mo Yan said late Thursday that he was "very surprised" at winning the Nobel Literature Prize.

Speaking to reporters at a hotel in his hometown Gaomi city in east China's Shandong Province, Mo said "(I was) very surprised upon winning the prize because I felt I was not very senior in terms of qualification (among Chinese writers). There are many good writers and my ranking was not so high,"

"I am very happy," he said. "I was having dinner when I received the news. I was surprised."

"Thank you for coming all the way to Gaomi. This should be a season of red sorghum, but no such crop is planted any more. I believe none of you have seen the crop," he said.

"The Nobel Literature Prize is a very important literature prize, but not the top award. It represents the opinions of the jury. I am satisfied with my major works and I still keep writing by hand.

"My works are Chinese literature, which is part of world literature. They show the life of Chinese people as well as the country's unique culture and folk customs.

"Meanwhile, my novels described human beings in the broad sense. I wrote in the perspective of a human being. These works stand beyond regions and ethnic groups," he said.

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