Soul Mountain. Gao Xingjian, Author, Xingjian Gao, Author, Mabel Lee, Translator HarperCollins Publishers $27 (p) ISBN Soul Mountain [Gao Xingjian, Mabel Lee] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter. Editorial Reviews. Review. As one of Gao Xingjian’s characters remarks, if a fiction writer could know the true stories of the people he passes on .

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This is a book of rare depth.

The Great Emperor Tang was a Li too; Li is the descendant of a family of generals and ministers, not only of tomb robbers. The important thing is to be sincere of heart? A powerful spiritual experience, coming from an author still alive!! Oct 02, Shawn Mooney rated it it was ok Shelves: A wonderful introspective journey with a brilliant conversationist, that knows how to tell a story, or sometimes how to talk seemingly about nothing at all in a way that captures your soul and imagination.

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The cuckoo singing like “Big Brother wait for me”. Li started walking in parks, where people took cages with birds for a stroll.

An important and critical aspect of, and influence on the novel was the political and cultural environment in which it was written. In fact, the things he seeks exist precisely in the process of seeking and cannot be captivated and hence ceased in the process. But “you” and “I” are part of the same person, the narrator, so he creates “he”.

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

In other words, the main character of the story does not know what is exactly he is seeking but he knows he is seeking something that goes beyond him simultaneously and irrepressibly resides within his most inner being. It is a combination of story fragments, travel accounts, unnamed characters referred to by the pronouns souo, “you”, “she”, etc. This book gives you a first-person narrative of this author’s travels in China during the 80’s and offers some insights into what it’d have been like to travel as a backpacker in places like Yunnan.


Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. In Soul Mountain, the lines of truth and fiction, even in a medium as fabulistic as the novel, as always blurred. The novel was begun in[7] shortly after the ending of the Cultural Revolution in In other words, if they are to be found like whatever can be identified, manufactured, and manipulated, as what materialism and political power of the Communist government have done with the nation, then he would not have begun his seeking for meaning in the first place.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. After had suffered personally the catastrophes of ten years Cultural Revolution and witnessed the destruction of traditional values, especially the metaphysical dimension of the Chinese culture under the Communist Regime, Gao wishes to paint again or recapture the original beauty of the tradition, which is inseparable from the mystical and even whimsical layers of the reality perceived by the local people who possess rather a less sophisticated mindset and sentiment before the intrusion of the ideological materialism of the government.

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Thus, under these circumstances, Gao Xingjian left his native country to finish Soul Mountain in in Paris, and Mabel Lee describes the novel as “a literary response to the devastation of the self”. Over the years, reading all kinds of books by a wide range of different authors from all over the world, I asked myself that question quite often. A month later while on the tube in London I moumtain someone reading it. 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.

Not Enabled Screen Reader: Now transpose the setting and xingjisn background to China, and replace the pop jountain references with fragments of folklore, Taoist belief, tribal ritual, and memories of the Cultural Revolu Several months ago, I read a collection of Gao’s stories and was duly impressed.

When these characters are involved in a conversation, it is seldom clear who is talking. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. As a consequence it is a fun read. Unlike many other readers, I could not detect any deep moral or religious questioning on the part of the author, nor is there a spiritual awakening in this book. It didn’t reach me. There were interesting parts in the book, yes, but they all seemed to be used solely as backdrops to his endless self-adoration.


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.

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Perhaps if I was more familiar with the history of China and the culture I may have enjoyed the book. The last page is perhaps my favorite in literature—a perfect silence, e This book is admittedly a bit challenging—its structure is unconventional, folk tales mingle sooul personal history, and it isn’t bound so much by a plot as by a pervading spirit of search.

Gao Xingjian is a Chinese-born novelist, playwright, critic, and painter. There are a few interesting anecdotes, but this is not a novel: Serious writers did not engage in description of sexual love. Ad un certo punto fa conoscenza anche con un gigantesco panda! At one point a chapter of two pages he asks an old man which way he should go to find the mountain. The women in Gao’s book are hard for the Westerners to relate.

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So, one star is subtracted. I was both excited by the proposition of a Chinese Nobel laureate and fascinated by Xingjian’s personal trials when I chose to read his semi-autobiographical novel. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Archived from the original PDF on Want to Read saving…. He mentions a few times about how he didn’t have the funds to travel comfortably and describes the simple pleasures of just washing himself clean with a basin and hot water from a village farmhouse.

Bold, 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.