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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He reflects fleetingly on his past, full sol memories of political persecution, failures in love and relationships, lack of fulfillment, and wrestles with his own demons of loneliness and homesickness.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The book is part travelogue, part history, part anthropology vao the telling of it is part biography, part fable, part fiction.

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

A Novel of China. It didn’t reach Context is important. I had a somewhat different impression of it then other reviews, in that I don’t think it is a book aoul all life in general, but only about Gao’s life in particular.

That’s the entire plot right there. The Yale Review of Books wrote: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. When the readers begin a chapter with a speaker they have met, the speaker is not where they were before mentally or physically.

Soul Mountain

There is no continuous story line and what little story there is seems to be scattered through the book in no aparent order of sequence. A powerful combination of depth and lightness. A mountain is a dead thing, and the sea was life.


Too, some theorists suggest that the preponderance of mountain backgrounds a picture with river running through it, a path to the distance, grassland excites our primordial response for settling, for home. I wanted to warm him. The comments on the structure of the book and the variation between the first, second and third person are well noted among in the English reviews.

The city was polluted.

Now transpose the setting and cultural background to China, and replace the pop culture references with fragments of folklore, Taoist belief, tribal ritual, and memories of the Cultural Revolution. Allegory or not, it is very telling of the kind of character that the I, he, you of the book is.

Either you love it or solu it, as reflected by ratings from 1 to 5 stars. Oct 25, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: Hence, it would be difficult to appreciate the book without acknowledging the author’s attempt to reconstruct the notion of transcendence in his spiritual journey.

Bold, lyrical, and prodigious, Soul Moutain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor and delights in the xinyjian of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self. In the early s Gao — who was already a semi-renowned literary figure and theater director in the underground art scen Gao Xingjian is the first, and only, Chinese author to win the Nobel prize for literature, which he won in Certainly not a fast read in that way, also, not a great book to read in bed when I’m sleepy.


The intent is to counterpoise the ruminations on the historical and mythic, to root forgive the pun the book in the quotidian, where sexual energy and lust is carnal but not graphic, where coitus is matter of fact tinged, granted, with the poetic but never gratuitous.

I like this book because I am drawn to Eastern thought and philosophy.

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Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. In almost every chapter, the topic, environment, and speaker switch off.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. In seeking out a mountain that may or may not exist, Xingjian takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery that isn’t marked so much by what it reveals, as by what remains hidden and perfectly unknown. One person found this helpful.

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And Gao got a degree in French literature and appears to have been well acquainted with modernism. But “you” and “I” are part of the same person, the narrator, so he mkuntain “he”. View all 3 comments. So too, Moses, receiving the word of God atop his mountain Sinai.

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