Mo Yan’s novels failing in China?


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Bookstores across China returned thousands of copies of writer Mo Yan’s novels to his publishers at the end of last year. Is literature facing a crisis?

Mo Yan’s novels are not doing well.  According to Wen Hui Daily, a Shanghai-based newspaper with a tradition of reporting onculture, bookstores around China returned copies of the Nobel laureate’s books – valued at 9.5 million yuan ($1.53 million) based on their prices – to his publishers at the end of 2014. They account for 10 percent of the total printed copies of his books.

The price of a Mo Yan book ranges from 30 to 40 yuan at local bookstores.

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