Soul Mountain

Paperback | October 23, 2001

byGao Xingjian

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In 1983, 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 second reprieve from death." Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of 15,000 kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain.

Bold, lyrical, and prodigious, Soul Moutain 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.

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In 1983, 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 second reprieve from death." Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, ...

In 1983, 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 second reprieve from death." Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.19 inPublished:October 23, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060936231

ISBN - 13:9780060936235

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Graceful and painful at the same time got 60 pages into this one and had to stop. It was just too slow and there wasn't really any build in the story. I do have to admit however that it is beautifully written. The descriptions are amazing. Unfortunately the wonderful writing isn't enough to save this book. The author writes in both first and second person, which is kind of hard to understand. The "You" of the book keeps telling different Chinese folk stories while the "I" of the book seems to tell more of adventures.
Date published: 2007-09-29

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"Chinese literature [of the future] will have to contend with the creative energy and the daring of Gao Xingjian." (Le Monde)