Dissident Chinese writer brands Mo Yan a 'state poet'
- Published: 14/10/2012 at 01:49 AM
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Dissident Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who lives in Germany, on Saturday savaged China's Nobel Prize-winning author Mo Yan as a "state poet", close to the communist regime.
Liao Yiwu is pictured at the 64th Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, western Germany, on October 12. The dissident Chinese writer, who lives in Germany, on Saturday savaged China's Nobel Prize-winning author Mo Yan as a "state poet", close to the communist regime.
"I was shocked," Liao told German news magazine Der Spiegel, according to excerpts from an interview published on Saturday.
Mo Yan is "a state poet (who) withdraws to his world of craftsmanhip whenever necessary," added Liao who will receive the peace prize of Germany's book trade during a ceremony in Frankfurt on Sunday.
Mo Yan has been on the defensive against activists who accuse him of being a communist stooge, amid an outpouring of praise from the government in Beijing.
He has also defended Communist Party founder Mao Zedong, who wrote that Chinese art must serve the party.
In his interview Liao told Der Spiegel he had been asked by friends in China whether "the West sees itself as an extension of the Chinese system", after awarding the Nobel Literature Prize to Mo Yan on Thursday.
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