2012 Nobel Prize in Literature
- Born in 1955, grew up in Shandong province in northeastern China.
- First short story published in a literary journal in 1981.
- Breakthrough work was Touming de hong loubo, first published in Chinese in 1986.
- Seen as one of the foremost contemporary authors in China.
- The Royal Swedish Academy said his work "with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary."