China has won its first Nobel Prize for literature, thanks to a writer who is said to merge folk tales, history and the contemporary with "hallucinatory realism".
Mo Yan, one of China's leading writers, focuses on what he calls the darkness and ugliness of 20th century Chinese society.
"The prize was won on merit, but it does fall into the category of another example of China emerging as a great power," said Sky's Foreign Affairs Editor, Tim Marshall.
"Mo Yan is the first Chinese citizen to win the literature prize and his stories offer a window into Chinese life.
"Chinese intellectuals are sometimes said to have a 'Nobel complex', and they will be overjoyed at this cultural recognition."
Marshall added: "Mr Mo's prize will no doubt be celebrated in the official Chinese media to a far greater degree than that of Liu Xiabo who won the peace prize in 2010 and who remains the world's only jailed Nobel peace laureate."
The 57-year-old author's real name is Guan Moye. His pen name means 'don't speak' in Chinese.
Mr Mo is better known abroad for his 1987 novella Red Sorghum, which is a tale of the brutal violence that plagued the countryside of eastern China during the 1920s and 30s.
His last novel, Frog, gave a searing depiction of China's 'one child' policy and the local officials who ruthlessly implement it with forced abortions and sterilisations.
Mr Mo has managed to avoid running into serious trouble with the Communist Party, helped by his position as vice-chairman of the state-sanctioned Chinese Writers Association and his support of official policies on art and culture.