Soul mountain gao xingjian mabel lee on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in 1983 chinese playwright critic fiction writer and painter gao xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent deathbut six weeks later. To quote wikipedia whether it works or not it soul mountain is a rich fictional language filled with vernacular speeches and elegant classical formulations as well as dialects thus constituting a heteroglossic tapestry of sounds and rhythms that can indeed be read aloud as gao himself has done in his public readings. Soul mountain is a quirky thick playful monster of a book a bit like what one might expect if beckett or ionesco had traveled in china and been steeped in chinese myths it is not easy to say what the novel is about and it is lacking in plot descriptions and character development and yet the marvel is that somehow it is still both
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