Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:38 pm
Ex-Nobel winner: Choice of Mo Yan a 'catastrophe'
The Associated Press
In an interview published in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter on Saturday, the Romanian-born author - whose struggle under Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship has influenced most of her works - says she wanted to cry when she learned of the 2012 laureate choice. She says she feels "it's a catastrophe," and an "incredibly upsetting" choice.
Mo, the first Chinese writer to win the literature award, has been criticized for compromising his artistic and intellectual independence by being a Communist Party member and vice president of the official writers association.