Gao Xingjian is a Chinese-born novelist (born January 4, 1940), playwright, critic and painter. An émigré to France since 1987. In 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Gao Xingjian is also a noted translator (particularly of Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco), screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter.Everybody can write poetry, just like everybody knows how to make love.
Everybody can write poetry, just like everybody knows how to make love.
“You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories which are impossible to articulate. When you try to relate them, there are only sentences, the dregs left from the filter of linguistic structures.”
Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain
Writing eases my suffering… writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.
As a male writer, women are always what men pursue, and their world is always a mystery. So I always tried to present as many views as possible on women’s worlds.
Love is so holy, so confusing. It makes a man anxious, tormented. Love, how can I define it?
Realty exists only through experience, and it must be personal experience.
The creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he‘s capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man.
When God talks to humans he doesn’t want humans to hear his voice. Gao Xingjian
In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write?
Dreams are more real than reality itself, they’re closer to the self. Gao Xingjian, Dialogue and Rebuttal
Everyone has to have either this or that problem, if he can’t find any problem, he loses all reason for living.
Walk where your heart leads you, there are no restrictions and no burdens. Gao Xingjian, Nocturnal Wanderer