In a small upset, Chinese novelist Mo Yan — “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary,” according to the selection committee — was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. To anyone who had money on Murakami: Well, that’s what you get for making the safe bet.
This picture taken on July 19, 2010 shows Chinese writer Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner, attending a premier of a TV series in Ningbo, east China’s Zhejiang province. Chinese author Mo Yan on October 11 won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images