Chinese novelist, Mo Yan, has been named the winner of the 2012 edition of the Nobel Prize for Literature by the Swedish Academy.
The Swedish Academy praised his work which “with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”.
The 57-year-old is the 109th recipient of the prestigious prize, which was given last year to Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer.
Presented by the Nobel Foundation, the award, only given to living writers, is worth 8 million krona (£741,000).
Nigeria’s foremost writer, Chinua Achebe has been in contention for the most coveted prize in the literary world but has failed to pick the award since his first book hit the book shelves.
Other writers including Haruki Murakami, William Trevor, Milan Kundera, Amos Oz, Philip Roth, Alice Munro, Thomas Pynchon, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Bob Dylan were also in the race to pick the prize.