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Ex-Nobel Winner Knocks Choice of Communist Apologist

Ex-Nobel Winner Knocks Choice of Communist Apologist

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Herta Mueller, the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, says the choice to give this year’s award to Mo Yan is a “catastrophe” that never should have happened, and accuses the Chinese writer of praising the Asian country’s tough censorship laws.

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In an interview published in Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter on Saturday, the Romanian-born author _ whose struggle under Nicolae Ceausescu’s dictatorship has influenced most of her works _ says she wanted to cry when she learned of the 2012 laureate choice. She says she feels “it’s a catastrophe,” and an “incredibly upsetting” choice.

Mo, the first Chinese writer to win the literature award, has been criticized for compromising his artistic and intellectual independence by being a Communist Party member and vice president of the official writers association.


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