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Book Title: Soul Mountain|
The author of the book: Gao Xingjian
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Date of issue: August 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780007119233
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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 world, I asked myself that question quite often. Some laureates had been favourites for decades before I started the project, others were completely new to me, and some were even hard to find in bookstores.
After I had finished Gao Xingjian's Soul Mountain, I thought I had an answer to the question:
It made me move into unknown territories, discovering elements of literature that enriched me in a surprising way, and it challenged my comfort zone by inviting me to embark on a spiritual journey in China. 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.
After reading some of his plays, I dared to attempt Gao Xingjian's masterful novel - a collection of disruptive narratives reflecting on humankind and nature, and their fragile relationship to each other. I am sure many layers of the the novel remained unseen by me, being a novice in Gao Xingjian's world and mindset, but enough of it resonated strongly and left me utterly grateful when I closed the heavy volume: what a great philosopher!
"Young man, nature is not frightening, it's people who are frightening! You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly. This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he's capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man."
And part of the absurdity of (wo)man is to set herself strange tasks!
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Read information about the authorGao Xingjian is a Chinese-born novelist, playwright, critic, and painter. An émigré to France since 1987, Gao was granted French citizenship in 1997. The recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature, he is also a noted translator (particularly of Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco), screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter.
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