Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity." He is also a noted translator, screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter. In 1998, Gao was granted French citizenship. Gao's drama is considered to be fundamentally absurdist in nature and avant-garde in his native China. His prose works tend to be less celebrated in China but are highly regarded elsewhere in Europe and the West.
|Born:||January 4, 1940, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China|
|Occupation:||novelist, playwright, critic, translator, screenwriter, director, painter|
|Citizenship:||Republic of China (1940–49), People's Republic of China (1949–98), France (since 1998)|
|Alma mater:||Beijing Foreign Studies University|
|Notable works:||The Other Shore, Soul Mountain, One Man's Bible|
|Notable awards:||Nobel Prize in Literature, 2000|
|Spouse:||Wang Xuejun (王学筠), divorced|
About Gao Xingjian
Known as a Chinese pioneer of absurdist drama, he was also a novelist, screenwriter, director, and artist. His literary works include the novel Soul Mountain and the play The Other Side.
He began attending the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1957.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.
His father was a clerk in the Bank of China, and his mother was an actress.
He translated the works of Samuel Beckett into Chinese.
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- Chinese literature - The history of Chinese literature extends thousands of years, from the earliest recorded dynastic court archives to the mature vernacular fiction novels that arose during the Ming dynasty to entertain the masses of literate Chinese.
- Chinese emigrants to France
- Writers from Jiangxi
- 20th-century Chinese painters
- 20th-century Chinese writers
- Chinese dramatists and playwrights
- French Nobel laureates
- Nobel laureates in Literature
- Chinese male novelists
- Naturalized citizens of France
- French translators