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In 1983 Chinese 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 Fa. 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 awayall the mistakes one life contains all the struggle we fought was in vainthey all finally start to fade awayI can get purified from reading it and obtain from it whenever I scatter my eyes on and imprint my fingers in the pages so why don t you give it a shotWhat a beautifully written book of a mastermind and it s still being banned in Chinkland for sure it throes me tooFuck Can I say some F words

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靈山 Author Gao Xingjian

Ced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of 15000 kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China The result of th. A powerful spiritual experience coming from an author still aliveI 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

Gao Xingjian æ 2 Summary

Is epic voyage of discovery is Soul MountainBold 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 se. 1 I read it in Chinese and sort of understand where is Gao coming from After had suffered personally the catastrophes of ten years Cultural Revolution and witnessed the destruction of traditional values especially the metaphysical dimension of the Chinese culture under the Communist Regime Gao wishes to paint again or recapture the original beauty of the tradition which is inseparable from the mystical and even whimsical layers of the reality perceived by the local people who possess rather a less sophisticated mindset and sentiment before the intrusion of the ideological materialism of the government 2 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 Notice the transcendence in the book is unlike the platonic or medieval nonphysical realm as a Western would have understood neither is a purely fictional and magical thing that has no basis in human existence As a Chinese myself if I understand Gao correctly the notion of the transcendence is much like this a mixture of Taoism and Buddhism with the primitive experiences of the local people in relation to the world the supernatural phenomena and legends in particular a mixture that has not been largely emasculated and contaminated by the ugliness monotony and boredom of a naturalistic mentality which according to the character himself is utter unlivable and destructive to human spirit 3 Then what is exactly the definition of this mixed notion of transcendence or soul mountain he searches for Even throughout the book there is no explicit answer given because there is none Any effort or attempt to access or describe the mystery of being is determined to fail since transcendence by essence is uncontrollable and ineffable Further it is precisely because human beings are intrinsically oriented toward such mystery we are forever under the unuenchable longing for being in unity with it we are forever on the journey of climbing the mountain that may redeem the soul 5 In other words the main character of the story does not know what is exactly he is seeking but he knows he is seeking something that goes beyond him simultaneously and irrepressibly resides within his most inner being It is precisely because the things he is seeking are beyond him his seeking becomes both possible and meaningful In other words if they are to be found like whatever can be identified manufactured and manipulated as what materialism and political power of the Communist government have done with the nation then he would not have begun his seeking for meaning in the first place As it has been said this does not mean he is seeking something that does not exist In fact the things he seeks exist precisely in the process of seeking and cannot be captivated and hence ceased in the process Conseuently seeking can go on and perpetually strikes and surprise him and us4 This is why in his attempts to restore 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 dreadful kept in the memories of old generations open up a world that is ultimately immune to any cognitive and sentimental categories that are meant to eradicate mysteries and wonders of the world5 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 In a sense this collecting living memory is much real and richer than than the former because people often tend remember things much intriguing and enchanting alluring their imagination and inspiring the will for adventurewe are not beings live on material necessities we are dreamers thinkers and hopersthe world is not composed of matter but orchestrated by mysteries and for mysteries


10 thoughts on “靈山 Author Gao Xingjian

  1. says:

    Why do you give yourself reading tasks? Why do you embark on a journey to read all Nobel Laureates in Literature? Over the years reading all kinds of books by a wide range of different authors from all over the wor

  2. says:

    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 awayall the mistakes one life contains all the struggle we fought was in vainthey all finally start to fade awayI can get purified from reading it and obtain from it whenever I scatter my eyes on and imprint my fingers in the

  3. says:

    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 somehow almost miraculously bound together and made tangibleI am

  4. says:

    A powerful spiritual experience coming from an author still aliveI 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

  5. says:

    25th of February 2013 I cannot help but to refer these newsChinese Officials Admit 'Cancer Villages' Due To Pollution Existhttpwwwibtimescomchinese offici Buddha Sakyamuni and MahakayapaPreamble Lingshaw means Soul Mountain In this book there's an enlightening preface by Noël Dutrait referring that in China in the end of the 1970's there was a timid political liberalization therefore allowing writers not to serve the

  6. says:

    This book is admittedly a bit challenging—its structure is unconventional folk tales mingle with personal history and it i

  7. says:

    This was a difficult book to read Not because I found Xingjian's writing style too disjointed or because I thought it was to

  8. says:

    I’d like to start with a view that dissents with those of some other reviewers who in praise often claim that this book works outside the rules of fiction or is unlike all other books or isn’t even a novel Of course i

  9. says:

    1 I read it in Chinese and sort of understand where is Gao coming from After had suffered personally the catastrophes of ten years Cultural Re

  10. says:

    This book won a Nobel for liturature but I have to admit it was a strugle for me to get through It is over 500 pages and I have NEVER been so glad to be done with a book The author freuently refers to China's many Dynastys and The Culturol Re