In 2012, Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work as a writer “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”.
He is best known to Western readers for his 1987 novel Red Sorghum Clan, of which the Red Sorghum and Sorghum Wine volumes were later adapted for the film Red Sorghum. Below are some of his writings.
有 一天“我”字 丟了一撇，成了“找”字， 為找回那一撇，“我”問 了很多人，那一撇代表什麼？商 人說是金錢，政客說是權力，明 星說是名氣，軍人說是榮譽，工 人說是工資，學生說是分數…
最 後“生 活”告 訴“我”那 一撇是：健康和快樂，沒有它 們，什麼都是浮雲！
When the Chinese word for “I” (我) loses a stroke, it becomes the word for “searching” (找). I asked a lot of people, what does that stroke stand for? Businessmen say it is money, politicians say it is power, celebrities say it is fame, soldiers say it is honor, workers say it is wages, students say it is grades…
Finally, “life” tells me that it is is health and happiness, because without it, everything becomes nothing!
莫 言自嘲說他年輕時怕多言，易於 開罪別人，所以筆名“莫 言”。
特 别是他說他敬佩的兩種人，表達 得非常好。
Mo Yan was ridiculed because he was afraid of offending people when he was young, so he used the pen name “Mo Yan.”(In Chinese, it means “do not talk”). As a result, he wrote more than he spoke, and his words got him the Nobel Prize in literature.
Here are his words, and his philosophy of life:
I admire two kinds of people:
A woman who stays with a man through hard times when she is young;
And a man who stays with a woman when he becomes rich.
I stay away from two kinds of people:
The person who stretches out their hands for any good thing;
And the person who dodge when they encounter hardship.
I miss two kinds of people:
The lover who helps you in a time of difficulty;
And the friend who treats you from the heart.
I decline two kinds of people:
Those who do things immorally;
And those who have no sincerity.
I am responsible for two kinds of people:
The one who gave birth to me;
And the ones I gave birth to.
I cherish two kinds of people:
Anyone who dares to lend me money;
And those who care about me!