China: Looking for the next Mo Yan

A group of Sinologists have “nominated” the most promising Chinese candidates for the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature, which is expected to be announced in October. Most said novelist Liu Zhenyun is the strongest candidate to win the prize. The Sinologists made the nomination during a symposium on Chinese literature and translation last month in Beijing. Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2012.  

“I think it will be Liu Zhenyun,” says Liljana Arsovska, researcher at The College of Mexico’s Center for Asian and African Studies, who has translated many of Liu’s works into Spanish. “Liu’s One Sentence Worth Thousands is brilliant. He has a thorough and deep observation and depiction of the people and society in China.”

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