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Escape and the Man Who Questions Death Two Plays by Gao Xingjian

ISBN-10: 9629963086
ISBN-13: 9789629963088
Edition: 2007
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Description: Inspired by the author's personal trauma in Europe and Mao's China, these two plays scrutinize the psychology of self-proclaimed heroes and the consequences of dangerous revolutions that turn literature and art into hostages of politics, fashions,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
Publication date: 4/3/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Inspired by the author's personal trauma in Europe and Mao's China, these two plays scrutinize the psychology of self-proclaimed heroes and the consequences of dangerous revolutions that turn literature and art into hostages of politics, fashions, and trends.

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

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.

Introduction: Two Autobiographical Plays by Gao Xingjian
List of Plates
Escape
Escape
Notes and Suggestions for Performing Escape
About Escape
Performance History of Escape
The Man Who Questions Death
The Man Who Questions Death
A Word from the Translator
List of Permissions

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