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Mo Yan

Mo Yan is the pen name of the Chinese novelist Guan Moye, who is one of the most celebrated writers in the Chinese language. His best-known novels in the West include Red Sorghum, which was made into an award-winning film; The Garlic Ballads, Shifu: You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh; and Big Breasts and Wide Hips. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first resident of mainland China to win the award. 


Rights sold: World English, Spanish, French, Swedish   This story is an adaptation of literature Nobel laureate Mo Yan’s short novel ‘Da Feng’. In order to supplement the family income, a young boy, Star, wakes up before dawn and goes with his grandfather to the meadow a few miles away to cut the thatch there. After a day’s hard work, his grandfather has cut enough grass to fill a cart. But on the way back home that evening, Star and his grandpa run into a violent gale. They fight against the gale, but eventually the force of the wind blows the cart clean of all its grass, leaving only one blade left stuck by the axle. Star picks it up and throws it into the twilight.
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