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In 1982 Chinese playwright, novelist and artist Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer, the very disease which had killed his father. For six weeks Gao inhabited a transcendental state of imminent death, treating himself to the finest foods he could afford while spending time reading in an old graveyard in the Beijing suburbs. But a secondary examination revealed there was no cancer " he had won a "reprieve from deathy and had been thrown back into the world of the living. Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing. He travelled first to the ancient forests of central China and from there to the east coast, passing through eight provinces and seven nature reserves, a journey of fifteen thousand kilometres over a period of five months. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain.Interwoven into this picaresque journey are myriad stories and countless memorable characters - from venerable Daoist masters and Buddhist monks and nuns to mythical Wild Men; deadly Qichun snakes to farting buses. Conventions are challenged, preconceptions are thwarted and the human condition, with all its foibles and triumphs, is laid bare.

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Part travel diary, part philosophy, part love story, "Soul Mountain" is a novel which journeys deep into the heart of modern-day China.

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ISBN:
9780007119233
Author:
GAO XINGJIAN
Translator:
LEE, MABEL
Author:
Gao, Xingjian
Publisher:
Flamingo
Location:
N
Subject:
General-General
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Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
20010820
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
198 x 126 in.

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