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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One book reviewer at Amazon. Share your thoughts with other customers. We can only speculate that he was drawn to the “Soul” mountain in the hope of finding some spiritual enlightening and the meaning of his own existence. 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. Soul Mountain, Lingshan exists, and is not, Hilary or Mallory-like, or Tenzing-like to be conquered so much as sought, moved towards, contemplated.

I had a somewhat different impression of it then other reviews, in that I don’t think it is a book about all life in general, but only about Gao’s life in particular. And then, hysterically, she insulted him, due to her grief Mountaon of it was very metaphysical, phy This book won a Nobel for liturature but, I have to admit it was a strugle for me to get through. I give it a high review for its moments of transendance, even though those come at the expense of long stretches of detachment.

Se non entri nello specchio non riuscirai a tirar fuori nulla.

Soul Mountain

A dying man goes on a quest for adventure and closure. View all 11 comments. 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.


Thus, if my quest is to explore Chinese fiction before my move, this is an obvious pick. Learn more about Amazon Prime. A very interesting read with interesting POV’s.

It is gorgeously told, beautiful in its elegant simplicity, and makes for fascinating food for thought, but ultimatey it is a collection of thoughts that could only really make sense that the man himself. The Great Emperor Tang was a Li too; Li is the descendant of a family of generals and ministers, not only of tomb robbers.

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. When these characters are involved in a conversation, it is seldom clear who is talking. Maybe my reluctance to do so stemmed from an awareness of context. Glad I read it, glad it’s over. If your heart is sincere then your wish will be granted?

What is it then, that links height with enlightenment? Retrieved from ” https: After the predictable existential xinngjian racked his being, the cancer miraculously disappeared from his body. This is strange for me; usually I glaze over during such scenes in most books. Xingjian’s preoccupation with himself reaches the point that xignjian one character has the temerity to impose on gaao splendid isolation with a story of her own suffering it makes him physically ill.

Shortly before his departure, however, the condemned man got at least a partial reprieve: Li is back on the dialogues with the “different” woman. Perhaps if I was more familiar with the history of China and the culture I may have enjoyed the book. I am prone to exaggeration. Soul Mountain Cover of first Chinese edition, A destination chosen arbitrarily, at the suggestion of a fellow traveler, the elusive Lingshan becomes rich with meaning for the narrator of Soul Mountain.

Nov 23, Lauren rated it it was ok Shelves: Pesante, molto dura la sua fuga fao Rivoluzione Culturale, dove si bruciavano libri antichi e si distruggevano le usanze, le religioni, i templi e si scacciavano i monaci What draws us to these titanic structures? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In a supremely condensed and unworthy explanation: Muontain read the book first in Chinese my first languagethen in English, and I think I can partially explain this contradiction.


Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian. Feb 05, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: The novel is loosely based on the author’s own journey into rural Chinawhich was inspired by a false diagnosis of lung cancer. That is refreshing and broadens my own perspective which can get bogged down in the impasse of current politics. That’s the entire plot right there.

In the early s, Gao Xingjian faced a great deal of criticism in the wake of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. What will Li find in Soul Mountain? Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Archived from the original PDF on But she doesn’t answer.

A mountain is a dead thing, and the sea was life. Gao’s alternative use of “I. Spiritual journeys, fragmented writing style, interlocking narratives, historical references and the unfolding changes of history.

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. The “You” character occupies the odd-numbered chapters 1—31 and the even-numbered chapters from 32—80, while gap “I” character’s includes even-numbered chapters 2—30 and odd-numbered chapters 33— A Novel Kindle Edition.