MO YAN, THE "CHINESE PYNCHON" . . .
. . . wins the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature.
Here's coverage of the award from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. At the Guardian's Book Blog, Paul Mason had this to say--
Mo is not the only "magic realist" in modern Chinese literature; but his handling of the slippage between reality and surreality is the most deft, the most painful. He is more like a Chinese Pynchon than a Chinese Marquez – and in the end he is unlike any of the great living authors.