2000 "First American Edition"; Translated from the Chinese by Mabel Lee; Harper Collins Publishers, New York; "Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature"; larger hardbound in camel and brown boards with gilt stamp lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket quite good with small crease on front - see pic.
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 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 of 15,000 kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain.
Bold, lyrical, and prodigious, Soul Mountain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor and delights in the freedom of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self.