This year's winner of the Nobel Prize for literature has been announced. Chinese author Mo Yan is the 111th winner of the prestigious accolade.
The Swedish Nobel Prize Committee awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature to Chinese author Mo Yan on Thursday.
The last Chinese-language author to win a Nobel prize was Gao Xingjian in 2000.
Mo's use of imaginative prose and dark humor to write about modern China has earned him worldwide praise.
Throughout his three-decade long career, the Chinese writer has penned numerous works of fiction. Very little of his opus has been censored by the authorities, even though he's known for writing about current issues in modern day China. His most recent work, "Frogs," for example, deals with the government's family-planning policy.
Other notable works of his include the novels "Big Breasts and Wide Hips," "Republic of Wine," and "Red Sorghum," which director Zhang Yimou adapted into a film in 1987.
Mo Yan, whose real name is Guan Moye, was born in 1955 in Gaomi in Shandong province. His penname "Mo Yan" means "don't speak" in Mandarin. Mo began writing in the 1980s while serving in the People's Liberation Army.
kms/mz (Reuters, AFP, dpa)