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Nobel winner's books flying off the shelves

By Xu Lin  (China Daily)

11:04, October 13, 2012

Cao Hongmin rushed to a bookstore on Friday morning before it opened. But to her disappointment, the 46-year-old fan was told that classic works by the new Nobel laureate in literature Mo Yan had sold out the day before.

"Mo has won the Nobel Prize, I know his books are excellent," said the Zhejiang native, who became interested in Mo after the announcement of his award. The woman said she did not expect his books would sell out so fast.

"My husband asked me to buy some of his books the instant we knew he won. But we were still late."

The 57-year-old Mo, who was announced the winner on Thursday evening, rapidly became a buzzword on the Internet and his works are selling like hotcakes.

His fans stormed bookstores across the country and snapped up his most famous works such as Frog and Big Breasts and Wide Hips.

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