Chinese author Mo Yan taking part in a reading at the 61st Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt (2009)
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Chinese author Mo Yan wins 2012 Nobel Prize for literature

Chinese author Mo Yan has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature.

The 57-year-old is the 109th recipient of the prestigious prize, given last year to Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer.

Secretary of the Swedish Academy, Peter Englund, announced the award in Stockholm on Thursday.