Gao Xingjian

Novelist, Author

1940 –

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Who is Gao Xingjian?

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.

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Born
Jan 4, 1940
Ganzhou
Also known as
  • Kao Hsing-chien
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • China
  • France
Profession
Education
  • Jinling High School
    (1952 - 1957)
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
    French
    (1957 - 1962)
Lived in
  • Taizhou

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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