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ISBN13: 9780060936235
ISBN10: 0060936231
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Gao Xingjian was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature "for an ?uvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama."

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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 the cancer was gone, and he was 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 and began a journey of 15,000 kilometers over a period of five months. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain. A bold, lyrical, prodigious novel, Soul Mountain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor. Interwoven with a myriad of stories and countless memorable characters — from venerable Daoist masters and Buddhist nuns to mythical Wild Men, deadly Qichun snakes, and farting buses — is the narrator's poignant inner journey and search for freedom.

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Venerable Daoist masters, Buddhist nuns, mythical Wild Men, and deadly Qichun snakes populate this bold, lyrical novel, an extraordinary work of profound beauty by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.

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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.

About the Author

Gao Xingjian (whose name is pronounced gow shing-jen) is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in 1940 in Jiangxi province in eastern China, he studied in state schools, earned a university degree in French in Beijing, and embarked on a life of letters. Choosing exile in 1987, he settled in Paris, where he completed Soul Mountain two years later. In 1992 he was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He is a playwright and painter as well as a fiction writer and critic.

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SusanJazzMonty, May 30, 2013 (view all comments by SusanJazzMonty)
"Soul Mountain" is at once a lyrical, deep and mysterious novel. There are multiple stories embedded in the one allowing the reader to experience both ancient and modern China. The character development is sweet with a bit of harshness, just enough to remind the reader that the Chinese people have troubles that go beyond what we America can truly comprehend. This is one of the few books I can read again and again as with each reading there is an even greater understanding of the world getting to and living with the need for " Soul Mountain".
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bheiser73, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by bheiser73)
Wonderfully written book. The way he writes makes you an adventurer along for the ride. Such a great style which I have never experienced before.
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SteveS, January 19, 2013 (view all comments by SteveS)
A dreamy journey through the disappearing Chinese towns and countryside that the author visits as part of the inward exploration of his past. Wonderful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060936235
Translator:
Lee, Mabel
Author:
Lee, Mabel
Author:
Gao Xingjian
Author:
by Gao Xingjian
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
China
Subject:
Meaning
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Meaning (philosophy)
Subject:
China Description and travel.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
350
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.08x5.40x1.28 in. 1.01 lbs.

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Product details 528 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060936235 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Venerable Daoist masters, Buddhist nuns, mythical Wild Men, and deadly Qichun snakes populate this bold, lyrical novel, an extraordinary work of profound beauty by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.

"Synopsis" by , 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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