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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Li muses that “everybody returns here due to advanced age” Archived from the original PDF on It’s cold in the mountains, despite being springtime. Maybe I’m an idiot and that is quit possible the book made absolutly no sense.

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This novel is his largest and perhaps most personal work. Gao Xingjian is the first, and only, Chinese author to win the Nobel prize for literature, which he won in This is much more obvious and pronounced in this book, however, as Gao Xingjian experiments with his use of pronouns. If not though some repository of chi, then at least through an encounter with the sublime?

I like this book because I am drawn to Eastern thought and philosophy. Views Read Edit View history. I dug into it and was sojl disappointed. Mar 19, Persephone Abbott rated it it was amazing. Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian. The Great Emperor Tang was a Li too; Li is the descendant of a family of generals and ministers, not only of tomb robbers.

This book is admittedly a bit challenging—its structure is unconventional, folk tales mingle with personal history, and it isn’t bound so much by a plot as by a pervading spirit of search. Li spent two nights at the Panda’s Observation field.

View all 3 comments. Not Enabled Screen Reader: The sentences are beautiful. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The important thing is to be sincere of heart?

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Oddly, I found myself xignjian by the descriptions of the Chinese landscapes more than anything else. His treatment of women is also off somehow. Serious writers did not engage in description of sexual love.

Set up a giveaway. Nobody can recognize her, nobody knows her name; those names she gave at the hotel were false.

In Wuyi he meets a woman, who was staring at the mountains; but then she disappeared. Removed from the earth, but not so far away as xngjian divorce them from meddling for pleasure in our petty concerns.

The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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Nov 23, Lauren rated it it was ok Shelves: So, the story is told by “I” being the authorwho is cognizant of the need for companionship while traveling across China! The Yale Review of Books wrote: There were interesting parts in the book, yes, but they all seemed to be used solely as backdrops to his endless self-adoration.

The reason he chose to go sul the Soul Mountain is purely coincidental, he heard the name casually mentioned by a fellow traveler on the train. Mokntain and try again. I read it quickly in my edition because of this, because line spacing was wide and chapters short and because the narrative voice is compelling, strong and intimate. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Spesso ho trovato, nel modo di narrare di Gao e delle esperienze che ha fatto delle forti somiglianze con Tiziano Terzani, il giornalista corrispondete dell’Asia Write a customer review.

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. Not for nothin What is it with mountains? His friend had studied genetic engineering; he thought “life is admirable-a chance phenomenon”.

I then read this in tandem with a friend who was being chucked out of his house. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Li the one who thought about young people praying: I love reading and I have read books from many cultures, which, generally, read differently from those by American authors.

After the predictable existential crises racked his being, the cancer miraculously disappeared from his body.

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Innamorato invano dell’immagine, non farai che compatirti. Glad I read it, glad it’s over. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

It is full of pertinent questions with valid points for introspective thought, but those thoughts are not organised into a fluid motion for the reader to properly enjoy.