In 1983, Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death.But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer — he had won "a second reprieve from death." Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing and began a journey...more
I am prone to exaggeration. But I have such specific remembrances--memories of feelings and moments of hyper-awareness--tied to this book.... For all the incredible books I have come across so far, NONE of them gave me what this book did. None of them made me so viscerally part of their...more
What is it with mountains? Be they Bare, Magic or Soulful like this, they exert a pull on the soul and they move men to poetry.
Equating height with Homeric majesty, Keats stood his Cortez silent upon a peak in Darien, to tug his conquistador’s soul towards some higher sublimity. Where Christianity has the abode of God and attendant angels reposing in the celestial crenelations of cumulonimbus and nimbostratus, Homer – grounded realist that he was, had his on semi-earthly Olympus. Not for nothin...more
Cái đẹp và sự thương cảm - đó là định nghĩa chính xác nhất về nghệ thuật.
1. Cao Hành Kiện
Lời cảm tạ của Cao Hành Kiện (với quốc vương Thuỵ Điển tại lễ trao giải Nobel văn học 2000):
“Quốc vương bệ hạ tôn kính,
Con người đang đứng trước mặt ngài hãy còn nhớ, anh ta hồi tám tuổi, bà mẹ bảo viết nhật ký, anh ta đã viết như thế này, và cứ viết mãi cho đến lúc trưởng thành.
Anh ta cũng còn nhớ, khi vào trường trung học, thầy giáo dạy tập làm văn treo lên bảng m...more
Ấy nhưng quái lạ làm sao, đôi khi có những tác phẩm tôi không hiểu được hết nhưng vẫn cứ say mê đọc.
Linh Sơn là một chuyến...more
(above,Buddha Sakyamuni and Mahakayapa)
Lingshaw means Soul Mountain.
In this book there's an enlightening preface by Noël Dutrait referring that, in China, "in the end of the 1970's there was a timid political liberalization", therefore allowing writers not to serve the (communist) party. Gao Xin...more
The author frequently refers to China's many Dynastys and The Culturol Revolution ( a very sad time for the people of China and their culture. ) Perhaps if I was more familiar with the history of China and the culture I may have enjoyed the book.Perhaps something was lost in translation ? Much of it was very metaphysical, phy...more
In the early 1980s Gao -- who was already a semi-renowned literary figure and theater director in the underground art scen...more
Essentially, what makes the book frustrating is that it is not consistent or logical in any imaginable way. It doesn’t have any main characters. Instead, Gao Xingjian refers to his main characters simply as I, You, He, and She. When the...more
Xingjian's preoccupation with himself reaches the point that when one character has the temerity to impose on his splendid isolation with a story of her own...more
Nhớ khi mua và bắt đầu đọc Linh Sơn ở Việt Nam, thấy rất thích, bạn bèn nhắn SMS cho một số người: “Ấy/cậu/em đọc Linh Sơn chưa. Tớ/anh đang đọc đấy. Hay lắm”. Thế nhưng, cũng phải sau hai tháng, bạn mới đọc xong được cuốn sách có độ dày hơn 600 trang này, trong buổi tối cuối cùng của năm Tuất.
Có thể nói gì về Linh Sơn và Cao Hành Kiện? Bạn cảm thấy khó nhận xét về cuốn sách đó. Ngoại trừ bạn cảm giác đó là một cuốn sách rất đẹp, hơn nữa, như lời của Hội đồng tr...more
لهذا لا أستطيع أن أقيم هذا الكتاب..
وربما يستدرك ناشر آخر هذا المأزق ويراعي بعض الأمور التي قد تنقل لنا لغة هذا العمل إلى لغة بسيطة سلسلة...more
That being said, it is a 5* book all the way.
What is challenging, is it is a book in which the narrator starts off auto-biographically telling his life story emerging from post-Cultural Revolution China in the early 80s with a life threatening cancer and threat of imprisonment. When his diagn...more
As far as I know, no other readrs have commented on the dreamlike, or even Kafkaesque, quality that some passages have, such as:
May I walk with you? Again, this is really a stupid thing to say.
You're really a funny person, you seem to hear her mumbling. She looks reproachful and yet approving. However you can tell she's trying to look cheerful...
Thus far in my progress, the above is about as dramatic as any passages get. The rest are detached sum...more
It's smart and lovely and deeply introspective and philosophical and makes great use of metaphor... but as someone who is literal minded and only grasps the basics of philosophy, much of this was lost on me. That didn't prevent me from taking note of over fi...more