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Gao recreates a world full of neurosis, mistrust, and paranoia, describing interpersonal relationships that are doomed to fail and never ha Morbidly gripping. To give this book less than four stars would be a travesty in my mind — I was all set to give it less earlier on because the translated writing is so raw, so almost devoid of feeling in the presence of so much hatred, pain and suffering. Cada uno va a convertirse desde ese momento en un hombre solo, una mujer sola, unser humano solo ante la desesperanza y el terror.

But the China of the intellectuals, the China of the writers, the China of the historians who are at present clamoring to be given the right to critically analyze the glossed over aspects of Mao’s rule for academic benefit, the China of the courageous dissidents demanding civil liberties and the China of the commoners, too scared to speak up.

To be put se very confined spaces and hombrr to participate in bizarre denouncements of counter-revolutionary thought would be torture. Account Options Sign in. I can’t say that Ed enjoyed this book but it did make me more aware of what it must be like to live under a totalitarian state.

Chapters set in the past, in the Cultural Revolution, are written in a detached 3rd person voice. Aborda recurrentemente la situacion en la que las palabras estan ahi pero no fluyen y se termina perdiendo el momento y como solo se puede seguir adelante.

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One Man’s Bible

It can be irritating, this constant use of ‘You say’ as the narrator reports what he’s said to Margarethe, but after a while I realised that the effect is to show the gulf between what is said, even in ho,bre moments, and what is thought. Xingjian Gao was born on January 4, in Ganzhou, China. Nonetheless, highly recommended reading. But being a French citizen, his Nobel win went virtually unnoticed in China. The unknown, unheard of China will rise some day and Liu Xiaobo, Ai Weiwei, Chen Guangcheng, Gao Xingjian and the unnamed ones who were brave enough to librro their voice against the very outrageous denial of freedom of thought and expression, will find their rightful immortality.


Not sure if lubro was his intention or if it hmbre a poor translation which made the narrative shift in tense and point of view. Once again I am mystified at the Noble Prize for this author – hopefully his plays which he is most noted for is the reason for the award or may be the hkmbre just needed a Chinese writer to make the awards look more balanced and Gao was the only one they could find that was being published in the West. One review I read last night said the whole thing was Kafkaesque!

The more passionate a woman, the more she had to confess If you want to know what it was like then, read this. Something tells me they already have.

One Man’s Bible by Gao Xingjian

In the intimate aftermath of a sexual encounter, Gao revisits the central moments of his life, traveling, in memory, to the Beijing of his childhood, a childhood scarred at the age of ten by his mother’s accidental drowning. But through all the turmoil there is consistency of character: El libro de un hombre solo. It is not easy to read since it is translated from the Chinese and is somewhat “stream of conscious” writing.

Retrata una sociedad de ratas y topos en la que la confianza es un lujo impermitible y por consiguiente el desarrollo humano se da de manera aislada muchas veces en trayectoria torcida ,la relacion con su padre y las mujeres en su vida,la profundida batalla para recuperarse a si mismo para volver a vivir despues de ce “no vida” de represion. Guarda muchos elementos comunes con de George Orwell,pero en esta version oriental tratamos con un pasado historico y no con una proyeccion futurista.


Of course people became more and more selfish and betrayed friends and family often, just trying to keep alive. It xinvjian left me fatigued and eager to be done with the book. The novel was interesting in light of our own government’s spying, in that the author wanted to have a place where he could have sex with whomever he wanted and no one could see or overhear him.

Here the impersonal observer describes events as Funder would – not gai a participant but as a disapproving reporter of the absurdity of the regime.

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Surely this will be a book I reread decades from now. La folla era in preda a una febbre, era completamente impazzita, e lui non poteva starne fuori, doveva quantomeno fingere. View all 48 comments. Citations are based on reference standards. And it makes me really want to read Soul Mountain.

He is neither here nor there, stuck in a no man’s land with an ambiguous identity. One Man’s BibleGao’s most noted work of fiction besides Soul Mountainresonates with so much repressed grief and bitterness that it becomes difficult to accompany the narrator on his solemn promenade down memory lane, especially since this memory lane, strewn with the wreckage of a past life, only evokes horror xingjjan the most potent kind.

Gao recreates a world full of neurosis, mistrust, and paranoia, describing interpersonal relationships that are doomed to fail and never had a chance to begin with. To be at peace after such personal hardship as we read here is no mean feat. After reading a few pages, I looked up a few reviews and found some really critical, especially in comparison libbro Soul Mountain which led to xungjian Nobel prize.