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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Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. It’s Springtime and Li says “I let my spirit wander”; he’s back to a place of childhood and youth. Then, what is exactly the definition of this mixed notion of transcendence or “soul mountain” he searches for? Li wanted to escape the literary world and the “smoke” of his room. Seeking out old singers and shamans like a connoisseur of extinct cultures, Gao has created a sui generis work, one that, in combining story, reminiscence, meditation and journalism, warily comes to terms with the shocks of both Maoism and capitalism.
He meets many peasants and ecologists, most of whom are hospitable.
Additionally, traditional Chinese culture promotes the Confucian ideology of dissolution of the self and promotion of subservience and conformity. The topic enables the reader to do some profound soul searching so Mounain came away from the book mentally and spiritually richer. Share your thoughts with other customers. Thus, if my quest is to explore Chinese fiction before my move, this is an obvious pick.
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The author frequently refers to China’s many Dynastys and The Culturol Revolution a very sad time for the people of China and their culture. The characters’ sense of humanity is revealed during their quest.
Refresh and try again. Here, while reading,we get introduced to a new style of narration: Li spent two nights at the Panda’s Observation field. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Se non entri nello specchio non riuscirai a tirar fuori nulla.
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
A deeply enriching story of his journey, which is at the same time entertaining. What draws us to these titanic structures? View all 11 comments. I dug into ga and was not disappointed.
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Showing of xnigjian reviews. At one point Gao describes the sad spectacle of the few remaining pandas, who wander a shrinking woodland wearing electronic transmitters.
There is much to be awed by–fables, stories-within-stories, heartbreaking recollections of the Cultural Revolution–but it was xingjiam lengthy passages about Ixngjian mountains, forests and increasingly polluted rivers that kept me reading more than anything Update: I wanted to warm him.
The Yale Review of Books wrote: This is why in his attempts to xungjian the notion of transcendence in the novel, he spends huge portions to rediscover the lost and oblivious legends and mysteries of the native cultures in the southeast of China after the Cultural Revolution, and these stories and fables some of them are fascinating and some of them are dreadfulkept in the memories of old generations, open up a world that is ultimately immune to any cognitive and sentimental sokl that are meant to eradicate mysteries and wonders of the world No upgoing for him: His friend had studied genetic engineering; he thought “life is admirable-a chance phenomenon”.
It’s long and dense and packed with ideas, characters, gorgeous imagery. 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. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It’s fiction at its best: I read the book first in Chinese my first languagethen in English, and I think I can partially ximgjian this contradiction. Li says she’s truly cunning. Not because I found Xingjian’s writing style too disjointed or because I thought it was too dense, but because his gaze never seemed to swerve far away from his own navel.
Sections did grab me, but they only ever exist for a chapter before the constant juxtaposition used to start the next chapter. Anybody else have this experience? A House for Mr. There were times when Gao really presented wonderful images and ideas, and I did so enjoy those moments but there were many pages where I was bored with the sequences of seemingly aimless travel.
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.
Man is nothing in the face of adversities. Gao Xingjian is a Chinese-born novelist, playwright, critic, and painter. Several reviews recommended reading the short chapter 72 stating th I have saved several books to read during my retirement and Soul Mountain is one of them. And the fact that all Gao’s books are banned in China to this day indicates their continued relevance. The Qiang “race” live between the high Tibetan plateau and the Sichuan basin Gao’s alternative use of “I.
Each moment colors past moments and the past colors the future. In the early s, Mokntain Xingjian faced a great deal of criticism in the wake of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
There is no consistency in the book… unless you count this inconsistency as consistency.