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Academy's choice is 'surprised but happy'

(Xinhua)

08:36, October 12, 2012

CHINESE writer Mo Yan said last night that he was "very surprised" to have won the Nobel Literature Prize.

Speaking to reporters at a hotel in his hometown of Gaomi in east China's Shandong Province, Mo said: "I felt I was not very senior in terms of qualification. There are many good writers and my ranking was not so high."

He added: "I am very happy. 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 has seen the crop," he said.

"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 describe 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.

"The folk arts and folk culture accompanied my growth and I was influenced by the cultural elements I witnessed through my childhood. When I picked up the pen for literature creation, the folk cultural elements inevitably entered my novels and affected and even determined the artistic styles of my works," he added.

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