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Mo Yan's Speech at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony for 2012
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pity that I happened to have left my lecture notes back in the hotel room; however, the main ideas are all imprinted on my mind. Since the award announcement, many funny things have cropped up all along, so it can speak volumes for the fact that the Nobel Prize Award is really something out of the ordinary as it stands out so brilliantly with the overwhelming impact on the entire world. For me, a farm boy from Gaomi's Northeast Township in far-away China, standing here in this world-famous hall after having received the Nobel Prize in Literature feels like a fairy tale, but of course it is true. I’d like to avail myself of this good opportunity to pay tribute and express my heartfelt sincerity to the Nobel Foundation and the Swedish people for their support to the Nobel Prize Award. Plus, I will convey my highest respect and sincerest gratitude to academicians of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for their being so steadfast in their faith.
I hereby would like to give my thanks to many translators in the world for having rendered my works into different languages. Literature works are nothing but separate ones in their respective languages without the creatively industrious labor and efforts made by such translators. So it follows that their assiduous labor has rendered literature works into a large literature collection mutually shared by the entire world. Of course, I will also thank my beloved ones and my buddies. Their friendship and intelligence are brilliantly shining in my works. Literature does not really come to much compared with science and technology. In my humble opinion, the most important role played by literature lies in “its not making much significant sense”. Again millions of thanks to you all!