Frog is a slog, even for obsessives of the Far East
Frog By Mo Yan: Hamish Hamilton, €24 The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Chinese writer Mo Yan in 2012 provoked a curious class of controversy. Some felt it inappropriate, even a catastrophe, that a decidedly non-dissident Chinese would
Mo is rather cosy with China’s ruling Communist Party, and in post-Nobel interviews he has suggested that a certain degree of artistic censorship by the State might be no bad thing.
While this is galling to some, Mo’s defenders deem it unfair of Westerners to disregard a writer for not being a rebel or dissident in a nation where such decisions still have real consequences; where, in a sense that is no longer...
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