Guan Moye commonly known by his pen name "Mo Yan" is a Chinese novelist and the author of Red Sorghum Clan, The Republic of Wine and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. He is the first ever Chinese citizen to win the Nobel prize in literature. He received a literary award from the PLA Magazine, in 1984. He adopted the pen name Mo Yan while attending the People's Liberation Army Arts College. He earned master's degree in Literature from Beijing Normal University, in 1991. He was born to a family of farmers.
Talking about his personal life, he is a happily married man. He married his girlfriend a long time ago and since then they are together. They first met at a friend's birthday party. The couple is blessed with a beautiful daughter. Controversy arose when his critics said he's too cozy with oppressive authorities after winning the Nobel Prize. He is criticized for being too inside the system because of his good standing with Chinese officials.