STOCKHOLM - Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner for literature, said on Friday that diversity in global cultures makes human beings' cultural life interesting.
Mo told a reception in the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm that it was a
responsibility to protect the diversity in cultures while creating the
diversity as well.
He said that translation played a very important role in bridging
different cultures, adding that without the translators who had
translated his books he couldn't have won the Nobel Prize.
"I think translation is much harder than writing itself," said Mo
Yan, explaining that it only took 43 days to write the work Life and
Death Are Wearing Me Out, while it took Swedish sinologist Anna
Gustafsson Chen six years to translate the work.
Earlier in the day he visited a Swedish middle school, where about 20
Swedish students who were studying Chinese welcomed him by singing the
theme song in the movie "Red Sorghum" which was based on his novel of
the same name.
"Unlike the rough and husky voice in the movie, the Swedish students
presented the song with a gentle and soft voice, making it rather a
romantic song," Mo told the gathering at the Chinese Embassy.
He said he hoped that there were going to be some outstanding
translators among the students, adding that meeting them made him
He said language was going to be "the most reliable way" for
interaction between peoples because one had to know the language of a
nation to understand the people's inner world and spiritual life.
Lan Lijun, Chinese Ambassador to Sweden, said that Chinese literature
had stepped into the spotlight worldwide after Mo Yan had won the Nobel
Prize, which would help contribute to the literature communication and
dialogue between China and the rest of the world.
People in Sweden and other parts of the world were all welcome to know more about Chinese culture, he added.
There were about 130 people attending the reception, including Per Westerberg, speaker of the Swedish Parliament.