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Mo Yan

1955 - Today

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Guan Moye (simplified Chinese: 管谟业; traditional Chinese: 管謨業; pinyin: Guǎn Móyè; born 17 February 1955), better known by the pen name Mo Yan (, Chinese: 莫言; pinyin: Mò Yán), is a Chinese novelist and short story writer. Donald Morrison of U.S. news magazine TIME referred to him as "one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers", and Jim Leach called him the Chinese answer to Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller. In 2012, Mo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work as a writer "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".He is best known to Western readers for his 1986 novel Red Sorghum, the first two parts of which were adapted as the Golden Bear-winning film Red Sorghum (1988). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mo Yan has received more than 710,279 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Mo Yan is the 569th most popular writer (down from 567th in 2019), the 149th most popular biography from China (down from 131st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Chinese Writer.

Mo Yan is most famous for his novel Red Sorghum, which was the first Chinese novel to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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  • 710k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 65.40

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 92

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.77

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.37

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

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Among writers, Mo Yan ranks 569 out of 5,755Before him are Percy Fawcett, Saint Naum, Jacob L. Moreno, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Theocritus, and Sándor Petőfi. After him are Lion Feuchtwanger, Dietrich Eckart, Eyvind Johnson, Isaac Babel, Dino Buzzati, and Juan Ramón Jiménez.

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Among people born in 1955, Mo Yan ranks 20Before him are Sergey Shoygu, Ornella Muti, Isabelle Adjani, Angus Young, Li Keqiang, and Ludovico Einaudi. After him are Nina Hagen, Donatella Versace, Guillermo Lasso, Akira Toriyama, Chow Yun-fat, and Liu Xiaobo.

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In China

Among people born in China, Mo Yan ranks 149 out of 1,392Before him are Li Keqiang (1955), Luo Guanzhong (1330), Zhang Yimou (1950), Zhengde Emperor (1491), Wang Wei (699), and Faxian (340). After him are Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Wen Jiabao (1942), Pang Tong (179), Emperor Taizong of Song (939), Emperor Shenzong of Song (1048), and 1st Dalai Lama (1391).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Mo Yan ranks 9Before him are Gao Xingjian (1940), Qu Yuan (-343), Wu Cheng'en (1500), Luo Guanzhong (1330), Wang Wei (699), and Faxian (340). After him are Bai Juyi (772), Kumārajīva (343), Jin Yong (1924), Kang Youwei (1858), Su Shi (1037), and Zhang Sanfeng (1200).