Other Shore Plays by Gao Xingjian

ISBN-10: 9622018629
ISBN-13: 9789622018624
Edition: 1999
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Description: When Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, he became the only Chinese writer to achieve such international acclaim. The Chinese University Press is the first publisher of his work in the English language. Indeed, The Other Shore  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
Publication date: 1/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

When Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, he became the only Chinese writer to achieve such international acclaim. The Chinese University Press is the first publisher of his work in the English language. Indeed, The Other Shore is one of the few works by the author available in English today. The Other Shore: Plays by Gao Xingjian contains five of Gao's most recent works: The Other Shore (1986), Between Life and Death (1991), Dialogue and Rebuttal (1992), Nocturnal Wanderer (1993), and Weekend Quartet (1995). With original imagery and in beautiful language, these plays illuminate the realities of life, death, sex, loneliness, and exile. The plays also show the dramatist's idea of the tripartite actor, a process by which the actor neutralizes himself and achieves a disinterested observation of his self in performance. An introduction by the translator describes the dramatist and his view on drama.

Xingjian Gao was born on January 4, 1940 in Ganzhou, China. As a child, he was encouraged to paint, write and play the violin, and at the age of 17, he attended the Beijing Foreign languages Institute, majoring in French and Literature. He is known as being at the fore of Chinese/French Literature, attempting to revolutionize Chinese literature and art. At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Gao destroyed all of his early work after being sent to the country for "rehabilitation." His "Preliminary Explorations Into the Techniques of Modern Fiction" caused serious debate in the Chinese literary world by challenging the social realism that was at the core of Chinese literature and art. The authorities condemned his work and Gao was placed under surveillance. He left China for Paris in 1987 and was honored by the French with the title of Chevalier de L'Ordere des Artes et des Lettres. None of Gao's plays have been performed in China since 1987, when "The Other Shore" had been banned. In 1989, Gao left the Communist party. After the publication of "Fugitives," which was about the reason he left the communist party, Gao was declared "persona noon grata" by the Chinese regime and all of his works banned. On October 12, 2000, Gao won the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first Chinese writer ever to do so. He is well known for his writing as well as his painting and has had exhibitions all over the world.

Gilbert C. F. Fong is currently Professor and Chair at the Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, whereas Mabel Lee is Honarary Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Other Shore
Between Life and Death
Dialogue and Rebuttal
Nocturnal Wanderer
Weekend Quartet
Plays Written by Gao Xingjian
Selected Criticism on Gao Xingjian's Plays
Major Productions of Gao Xingjian's Plays

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