Nobel literature prize

"Silly" to exclude Mo Yan translator from Nobel

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A member of the Swedish Academy has faced accusations that he benefited from this year's Nobel Literature choice.

The head of the Academy, Peter Englund says that it would have been "silly" not to have made use of China expert Göran Malmqvist, and there is no question of a conflict of interest. But he adds that Malmqvist was wrong to respond to criticism by calling journalists "fools".

There has been a media storm around the involvment of Göran Malmqvist in the Nobel literature choice this year. He is one of the eighteen Academy members, who choose the Nobel. But he is also the translator of a soon to be published Mo Yan novel.

Radio Sweden asked the Permanent Secretary of the Academy, Peter Englund, whether there's any possibility of a conflict of interest. Englund says that Malmqvist was essential for the Nobel decision.