In Change, Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, personalizes the political and social changes in his country over the past few decades in this novella disguised as autobiography?or vice-versa. Unlike most historical narratives from China, which are pegged to political events, Change is a representative of ?people?s history,? a bottom-up rather than top-down view of a country in flux. By moving back and forth in time and focusing on small events and everyday people, Mo Yan breathes life into history by describing the effects of larger-than-life events on the average citizen.
?Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcfa Mrquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.?? Nobel Committee for Literature
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