Gao Xingjian (whose name is pronounced gow shing-jen) is
the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in
Literature. Born in 1940 in Jiangxi province in eastern
China, he has lived in France since 1987. Gao Xingjian is an
artistic innovator, in both the visual arts and literature.
He is that rare multitalented artist who excels as novelist,
playwright, essayist, director, and painter. In addition to
Soul Mountain and One Man's Bible, a book of
his plays, The Other Shore, and a volume of his
paintings, Return to Painting, have been published in
the United States.
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Books:Soul Mountain, November 2001