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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Essentially, what makes the book frustrating is that it is not consistent or logical in any imaginable way. When these characters are involved in a conversation, it is seldom clear who is talking.

Even the speakers themselves are unreliable. In almost every chapter, the topic, environment, and speaker switch off. When the readers begin a chapter with a speaker they have met, the speaker is not where they were before mentally or physically.

There is no consistency in the book… unless you mountqin this inconsistency as consistency. My professor literally told us: However, there must be a reason why this gai was written like this and why the Nobel people love it so much. In a supremely condensed and unworthy xingjkan And yes, the only reason I somehow came up with that is because I just wrote an essay on it.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return xingjiwn Book Page. Preview — Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian. Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian. InChinese 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 reprieve from death. The result of this epic voyage of mountan is Soul Mountain.

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. Paperbackpages. Published October 23rd by Harper Perennial first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Soul Mountainplease sign up. I tried, and just could not stick with this book. I am usually pretty good with toughing through a tedious book.

Anybody else have this experience? Cory Sheldon I’m finding I just need to really be awake due to it’s very meandering quality. Certainly not a fast read in that way, also, not a great book to read …more I’m finding I just need to really be awake due to it’s very meandering quality. Certainly not a fast read in that way, also, not a great book to read in bed when I’m sleepy. I do find it pretty engaging if I’m wide awake, though. See 1 question about Soul Mountain….


Lists with This Book. Jun 26, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why do you give yourself reading tasks? Gwo do you embark on a journey to mountan all Nobel Laureates in Literature?

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. 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. It made me move into unknown territories, discovering elements of literature that enriched me in a surprising way, and it challenged my comfort zone by inviting me to embark on a spiritual journey in China.

I would never have read this novel without the project that made me look beyond the most famous, the most popular, the most well-trodden paths. 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. I am sure many layers of the the novel remained unseen by me, being a novice in Gao Xingjian’s world and mindset, but enough of it resonated strongly and left me utterly grateful when I closed the heavy volume: You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly.

This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he’s capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man. View all 21 comments. Apr 26, Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing.

It throes me, the content, the soul of the author and the struggling people. Now that we’re here, but it’s still so far away What a beautifully written book of a mastermind, and it’s still being banned in Chinkland for sure, it It throes me, the content, the soul of the author and the struggling people. What a beautifully written book of a mastermind, and it’s still being banned in Chinkland for sure, it throes me too Fuck!

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Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

May 20, Tia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is barely a book. It’s the at once epic and intimate journey of one man, told in different persons and with feelings sometimes instead of words somehowalmost miraculously bound together and made tangible.

I am prone to exaggeration. But I have such specific remembrances–memories of feelings and moments of hyper-awareness–tied to this book None of them made me so viscerally part of their This is barely a book. None of them made me so viscerally part of their story. Dec 10, Corinne rated it it was amazing Shelves: A powerful spiritual experience, coming from an author still alive!!


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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the author took refuge in France, was living in an inner city project housing at the time he got the Nobel Prize. A deeply enriching story of his journey, which is at the same time entertaining. A powerful combination of depth and lightness. I haven’t come across a chronicle of journey like this for a long time.

It fits so well with his Nobel Prize speech, in wisdom and modesty. View all 3 comments.

I cannot help, but to refer these news: Gao Xingjian is a writer and painter 25th of February Gao Xingjian is a writer and painter born in ; in he was granted French citizenship. In several interviews I’ve watched, he said in good French: I read also that his present book “is a literary response to the devastation of the self”.

It’s a different style of writing: Gao’s quite good enabling images through words. The Chinese writer thinks that a single writer cannot change the world And yet his words will endure. The Story The main character of the story is a matured man called Li. He lived a lot of time in the city. We found him with a back pack on a 12 hours bus ride Li muses that “everybody returns here due to advanced age” He watches the people: Here, while reading,we get introduced to a new style of narration: On the train Li heard that there was gxo place called Ixngjian How can you get there?

Li took a bus to little Wuyi village; souul books speak about Lingshaw; like Classic of the Seas and the Mountains; they say that the Buddha awakened there the venerable Mahakayapa.

Li’s trip is a voyage to return to Nature, to have an authentic life; he should have abandoned pollution a long time ago. He had been diagnosed lung cancer. Li says that some of his country men declared to be of QIANG ethnicity to be allowed to have more children, hence escaping birth control policies.

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The Qiang “race” live between the high Tibetan plateau and the Sichuan basin Li wanted to escape the literary world and the “smoke” of his room. It’s Springtime and Li says “I let my spirit wander”; he’s back to a place of childhood and youth. In Wuyi he meets a woman, who was staring at the mountains; but then she disappeared.

Li watches a young couple laughing,joyfully. The woman wasn’t as happy as the couple, Li feels the need to communicate