March 28, 2023


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LARB Blog: Rabindranath Tagore, Pearl Buck, and Mo Yan: China and the Nobel Prize

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 Rabindranath Tagore, Pearl Buck, and Mo Yan are a trio, Jeffrey Wasserstrom writes in the LARB


The title of this post lumps together three writers I’ve begun to think of as a trio, though I can certainly understand why some readers might think of them as having precious little in common with one another. Only the first was a major poet, after all, only the second wrote a novel that became a major Hollywood movie, and only the third’s career has involved navigating the challenges of writing in a Communist Party-run state.

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