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Nobel Prize gets laureate offers of unwanted gifts

By Xu Junqian (China Daily)

10:34, October 17, 2012

Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan is interviewed by Xinhua in his hometown Gaomi, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 12, 2012. The Swedish Academy awarded Chinese writer Mo Yan the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. Mo Yan said in a Friday interview that his works are closely related to his hometown. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

Fans of the novelist Mo Yan are criticizing Chinese businessmen whom they accuse of trying to cash in on the novelist's receipt of the Nobel Prize in literature.

As could be expected following the announcement that Mo had become the first Chinese citizen to win the prestigious award, well-wishers have sent him many messages of support.

But there have also been two offers of rather extravagant gifts. Chen Guangbiao, a businessman involved in many fields and a philanthropist, has promised to give Mo a villa. And Pei Laifeng, owner of Hancome, a company that makes LED-related products in Zhejiang province, has dangled a Mercedes-Benz in front of him.

The writer, whose real name is Guan Moye, has politely declined the offers, according to his family. His fans have also not welcomed them.

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