Statue of Mo Yan
A portrait statue of Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, is on display during an outdoor sculpture exhibition in Shanghai on Thursday, October 9, 2014. The statue attracted people's gaze with its "amusing cuteness."
A sculpture exhibition is underway in Wusa Square in Shanghai, with a statue of the renowned writer Mo Yan in the center place. Some previous reports carried commentary on the sculpture, "from near it looks like a brown potato, slightly giving out a smell of earth while from a distance, 'Mo Yan' bulges his cheeks and shuts his mouth tight. He seems holding back the words which spring to his lips…" An Internet user on Sina Weibo said "I think it's cute", with some agreeing with the comment. But more people have negative comments about it. One said, "it looks like a potato as well as a pig's head. It's uglifying China's first Nobel Prize laureate, Mo Yan."
Guan Moye (simplified Chinese: 管谟业; traditional Chinese: 管謨業; pinyin: Guǎn Móyè; born 17 February 1955), better known by the pen name Mo Yan (/moʊ jɛn/, Chinese: 莫言; pinyin: Mò Yán), is a Chinese novelist and short story writer. Donald Morrison of U.S. news magazine TIME referred to him as "one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers", and Jim Leach called him the Chinese answer to Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller. 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. In 2012, Mo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work as a writer "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".