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 630,785 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Mo Yan is the 567th most popular writer (down from 543rd in 2019), the 131st most popular biography from China (down from 126th in 2019) and the 7th 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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  • 86

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.54

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  • 3.57

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Mo Yan ranks 567 out of 5,794Before him are Ludwig Tieck, George R. R. Martin, Longus, Lion Feuchtwanger, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Sándor Petőfi. After him are Marie-Antoine Carême, Dean Koontz, Gustav Meyrink, Novatian, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Samuel Butler.

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Among people born in 1955, Mo Yan ranks 18Before him are Whoopi Goldberg, Kris Jenner, Angus Young, Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Willem Dafoe, and Ornella Muti. After him are Isabelle Adjani, Li Keqiang, Akira Toriyama, Chow Yun-fat, Gary Sinise, and Donatella Versace.

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In China

Among people born in China, Mo Yan ranks 131 out of 1,186Before him are I. M. Pei (1917), Yue Fei (1142), Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), Emperor Wen of Han (-202), Zhengde Emperor (1491), and Temür Khan (1265). After him are Liu Shan (207), Ma Chao (176), Wang Wei (699), Yu the Great (-2123), 1st Dalai Lama (1391), and Li Keqiang (1955).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Mo Yan ranks 7Before him are Du Fu (712), Lu Xun (1881), Gao Xingjian (1940), Qu Yuan (-343), Wu Cheng'en (1500), and Luo Guanzhong (1330). After him are Wang Wei (699), Bai Juyi (772), Kumārajīva (343), Jin Yong (1924), Zhang Sanfeng (1200), and Su Shi (1037).