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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Paperbackpages. Li knows what that means. Li ancestors are recalled. One person found this helpful. Just to add there is violence in the book but the energy around the whole book is what I described. It was during this time, inthat the author was diagnosed xingjin lung cancer during a regular health screening.

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However, when I read the English translation, I felt something was lost. Mouhtain am prone to exaggeration. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Two Years on the Yangtze P. The Chinese writer thinks that a single writer cannot change the world But as a modern writer, Gao probably feel obliged to break this taboo, although in my opinion, he probably does not feel comfortable about it, nor is this one of the more successful aspects of the book.

But I have such specific remembrances–memories of feelings and moments of hyper-awareness–tied to this book There is much to be awed by–fables, stories-within-stories, heartbreaking recollections of the Cultural Revolution–but it was the lengthy passages about China’s mountains, forests and increasingly polluted rivers that kept me reading more than anything else.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I have saved several books to read during my retirement and Soul Mountain is one of them. Officially, Gao is gathering folk songs and tales, but underneath that task we discern a desire to reconnect with the fate of his family, which, like so many others, was fragmented by the revolution. Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian. The reason he chose to go to the Soul Mountain is purely coincidental, he heard the name casually mentioned by a fellow traveler on the train.


This is much more souk and pronounced in this book, however, as Gao Xingjian experiments with his use of pronouns. Soul Mountain, Lingshan exists, and is not, Hilary or Mallory-like, or Tenzing-like to be conquered so much as sought, moved towards, contemplated. There is, however, a sense of breaching his privacy throughout, and moments here and there that give you sojl sense of a writer’s mental preparation that goes into their craft.

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

The book is part travelogue, part history, part anthropology and the telling of it is part biography, part fable, part fiction. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. By tradition, the mainstream Chinese writers have been reticent about the matter of sex. Several reviews recommended reading the short chapter 72 stating that if you enjoyed that chapter, you would enjoy the book.

At one point a chapter of two pages he asks an old man which way he should go to find the mountain. For Gao, at least from my reading of the novel, history is not objective knowledge based on evidence and documents, but it is a collective living memory of a group of people. 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.

Several months ago, I read a collection of Gao’s stories and was duly impressed.

kountain When the This book is long, incomprehensible, and downright annoying for me. Retrieved January 15, Preview — Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian. So too, Moses, receiving the word of God atop his mountain Sinai. Gao, who lives in exile in Paris, was embroiled in controversy in China in the s because of his plays.


I wanted to warm him. Apr 29, Oscar rated it it was ok Shelves: I was newly married and jumping through all sorts of bureaucratic hoops. There were interesting parts in the book, yes, but they all seemed to be used solely as backdrops to his endless self-adoration. 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.

The women in Gao’s book are hard for the Westerners to relate.

Only once does he try a harder ascent, trying to walk up a mountain that others advise him to not even try, and needless to say, he is beaten back. A powerful combination of depth and lightness.

Yes, there is eroticism – or attempts at – but not for titillation. Allegory or not, it is very telling of the kind of character that the I, he, you of the book is. What will Li find in Soul Mountain?

For example, there are countless references to horrible crimes against women, including a lot of rape, that do not seem to do ggao in the way of raising the ire of the author but are instead presented as some immutable law of the universe.

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Soul Mountain

All these are traditional responses and ideas. If you even think about reading it I would sugest that you read chapter 74, a short little chapter. To the second person is allotted a series of frenzied sexual encounters with a series of rebellious women.