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This guide, dedicated to the Nobel Literature Prize winners of Chinese origin, was created as part of the International Area Studies' "Nobel Literature Laureates around the Globe" exhibit on the 5th floor of Watson Library in fall 2013.

Gao Xingjian - The Nobel Prize in Literature 2000

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"To subvert is not the aim of literature, its value lies in discovering and revealing what is rarely known, little known, thought to be known but in fact not very well known of the truth of the human world. It would seem that truth is the unassailable and most basic quality of literature."

   Gao Xingjian, Nobel Lecture, 2000

  • Born: January 04, 1940 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China
  • Occupation: novelist, playwright, poet, artist

Translator and critic, early 1960s; worked in a labor camp, 1966-76; author, playwright, novelist, poet, and artist, 1977--.

Born January 4, 1940, in Ganzhou, China; became French citizen, 1998; married (marriage ended).

Education: Department of Foreign Languages, Beijing, China, French degree, 1962. 

Addresses: Home--Bagnolet, France.

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Mo Yan (a pseudonym for Guan Moyen) - The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012

Mo Yan

Where there's life, death is inevitable. Dying's easy; it's living that's hard. The harder it gets, the stronger the will to live. And the greater the fear of death, the greater the struggle to keep on living.

 Mo Yan, Big Breasts and Wide Hips

  • Born: February 17, 1955, Gaomi, Shandong, China

  • Occupation: Novelist

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