STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Chinese writer Mo Yan has been named the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the prestigious award, in Thursday praised Mo's "hallucinatoric realism" saying it "merges folk tales, history and the contemporary."
European authors had won four of the past five awards, with last year's prize going to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer.
As with the other Nobel Prizes, the prize is worth 8 million kronor, or about $1.2 million.
Take a peek at Jessica Simpson’s kissy Instagram feed on today's Celebs Gone Social hosted by Wonderwall editor Chris Gardner.
Get the scoop on the RHONJ stars' recent whereabouts on Replay.
Take a look back at Prince William and Duchess Kate's cutest couple moments.
From Carrie Underwood to Duchess Kate; get the pregnancy scoop on Replay hosted by Wonderwall's Kirby Kristen.
Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, and Sharon Stone all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.
Julianne Hough, Victoria Beckham, and Nicole Scherzinger all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.
© 2014 Microsoft