July 25, 2021

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The real Mo Yan

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Mo_YanNikil Saval on the works of the Chinese Nobel Laureate in The LRB

When the English translation of Mo Yan’s novel Big Breasts and Wide Hips (1996) was published in 2004, it was seen by some critics as his bid for global literary prestige. It hit all the right notes: it was a historical saga of modern China featuring a proliferation of stories, it was unceasingly violent and nasty, and it came near to puncturing Party myths.

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