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This is an auction for SOUL MOUNTAIN by Gao Xingjian.

*** Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature ***

“Not only was Chinese writer Gao Xingjian, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature, condemned by the authorities for his "decadent" modernist ideas and forbidden to publish or stage his immensely popular plays during the early 1980s, he was also diagnosed with lung cancer. He readied himself for death, but a second examination granted him a clean bill of health. In light of this miraculous reprieve and rumors of his impending arrest, Gao Xingjian left Beijing and spent five months wandering the forests of central China and following the Chang River. This episodic, loosely autobiographical, philosophical, and spellbinding novel traces just such a journey, illuminating both the wandering hero's mindscape and the dramatic landscapes he traverses. His destination is Lingshan, or Soul Mountain, which may or may not exist, but it is the quest that matters, and his descriptions of the wilderness and the people he meets, especially the unhappy or daring women he becomes intimate with, are shimmeringly sensuous and piquantly observant. He revels in the beauty of nature, but he also seeks out stories of Buddhist monks and Taoist priests, shamans and bandits, emperors and musicians, risking arrest for his fascination with China's lush and complex past, which the Communists attempted to brutally eradicate. Gao Xingjian's masterpiece expresses sorrow and anger, wonder and confusion, humour and metaphysics, lust and tenderness, and a profound longing for meaning and freedom.”
- Booklist (US)

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Large format (trade) paperback 2000.

510 pages.

Good condition.

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