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In Chinese playwright critic fiction writer and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death But six weeks later a second examination revealed there was no cancer he had won a reprieve from death Face. Why do you give yourself reading tasks Why do you embark on a journey to read all Nobel Laureates in Literature Over the years reading all kinds of books by a wide range of different authors from all over the world I asked myself that uestion uite often Some laureates had been favourites for decades before I started the project others were completely new to me and some were even hard to find in bookstores After I had finished Gao Xingjian s Soul Mountain I thought I had an answer to the uestionIt made me move into unknown territories discovering elements of literature that enriched me in a surprising way and it challenged my comfort zone by inviting me to embark on a spiritual journey in China I would never have read this novel without the project that made me look beyond the most famous the most popular the most well trodden paths After reading some of his plays I dared to attempt Gao Xingjian s masterful novel a collection of disruptive narratives reflecting on humankind and nature and their fragile relationship to each other I am sure many layers of the the novel remained unseen by me being a novice in Gao Xingjian s world and mindset but enough of it resonated strongly and left me utterly grateful when I closed the heavy volume what a great philosopherYoung man nature is not frightening it s people who are frightening You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent he s capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day This is the absurdity of manAnd part of the absurdity of woman is to set herself strange tasks

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靈山 AUTHOR Gao Xingjian

Ic voyage of discovery is Soul MountainBold lyrical and prodigious Soul Mountain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor and delights in the freedom of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self. This was a difficult book to read Not because I found Xingjian s writing style too disjointed or because I thought it was too dense but because his gaze never seemed to swerve far away from his own navel In the beginning the book seemed very promising but as I continued it read and like the recounting of a long and stupid dreamXingjian s preoccupation with himself reaches the point that when one character has the temerity to impose on his splendid isolation with a story of her own suffering it makes him physically ill In another chapter he abandons a child by the road Allegory or not it is very telling of the kind of character that the I he you of the book is There were interesting parts in the book yes but they all seemed to be used solely as backdrops to his endless self adorationI realise the book is meant to be a meditation on the self and that is well and good but the impression it leaves me with is a man so enraptured by himself that he thinks every slightest creative whim of his own and every particular about his life has immediate significance and importance to the readerHis treatment of women is also off somehow They are invariably portrayed as cluelessly drifting along until snatched up by some willful male For example there are countless references to horrible crimes against women including a lot of rape that do not seem to do much in the way of raising the ire of the author but are instead presented as some immutable law of the universeThat said there were times when the book offered an engrossing window into the country and people there but without any overarching vision to tie those solitary gems together they remain unpolished diamonds buried in a soulless mountain of dung

Gao Xingjian Æ 7 review

D with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China The result of this ep. A powerful spiritual experience coming from an author still aliveI was pleasantly surprised to find out that the author took refuge in France was living in an inner city project housing at the time he got the Nobel Prize A deeply enriching story of his journey which is at the same time entertaining A powerful combination of depth and lightness I haven t come across a chronicle of journey like this for a long time It fits so well with his Nobel Prize speech in wisdom and modesty


10 thoughts on “靈山 AUTHOR Gao Xingjian

  1. says:

    Why do you give yourself reading tasks? Why do you embark on a journey to read all Nobel Laureates in Literature? Over the years reading all kinds of books by a wide range of different authors from all over the world I asked myself that uestion uite often Some laureates had been favourites for decades before I started the

  2. says:

    It throes me the content the soul of the author and the struggling people Now that we're here but it's still so far awayall the mistakes one life contains all the struggle we fought was in vainthey all finally start to fade awayI ca

  3. says:

    This is barely a book It's the at once epic and intimate journey of one man told in different persons and with feelings sometimes ins

  4. says:

    A powerful spiritual experience coming from an author still aliveI was pleasantly surprised to find out that th

  5. says:

    25th of February 2013 I cannot help but to refer these newsChinese Officials Admit 'Cancer Villages' Due To Pollution Existhttpwwwibtimescomchinese offici Buddha Sakyamuni and MahakayapaPreamble Lingshaw means S

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    This book is admittedly a bit challenging—its structure is unconventional folk tales mingle with personal history and it isn't bound so much by a plot as by a pervading spirit of search But what a beautiful search it is In seeking out a moun

  7. says:

    This was a difficult book to read Not because I found Xingjian's writing style too disjointed or because I thought it was

  8. says:

    I’d like to start with a view that dissents with those of some other reviewers who in praise often claim that this book works outside the rules of fiction or is unlike all other books or isn’t even a novel Of course it is a novel and a hyperliterary one at that–and it operates within structures of fictional form that are common even commonplace in the twentieth century not to mention in earlier works that share some of its

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    1 I read it in Chinese and sort of understand where is Gao coming from After had suffered personally the catastrophes of ten years Cultural Revolution and witnessed the destruction of traditional values especially the metaphysical d

  10. says:

    This book won a Nobel for liturature but I have to admit it was a strugle for me to get through It is over 500 pages and I have NEVER been so glad to be done with a book The author freuently refers to China's many Dynastys and The Culturol Revolution a very sad time for the people of China and their culture Perhaps if I wa

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