Search Results: "Gao Wenqian"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Indeed, the wealth of detail and characters, coupled with a generally colorless translation, often makes this story feel more like a history textbook than a revealing portrait. Nevertheless, students of both China and modern history will not be disappointed by this evenhanded, unblinking biography."
Exhaustively researched biography of the revered Chinese premier who helped guide China through its infancy onto the world stage. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN’S BIBLE by Gao Xingjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Unless Gao's internationally acclaimed plays are a lot better than his fiction, it's hard to understand why this writer was awarded a Nobel Prize."
The experiences of a dissident artist-intellectual who finds himself in an adversary relationship with Mao's Cultural Revolution are once again examined—if not consistently dramatized—by the Chinese Nobel laureate (Soul Mountain, 2000). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"An authentic survivor's story, more disturbing and awe-inspiring than any TV reality show."
A refugee now living in England graphically chronicles the hardships, losses, and horrors she endured in Mao's China. Read full book review >

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BUYING A FISHING ROD FOR MY GRANDFATHER by Gao Xingjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2004

"Inconsistently developed, but precisely detailed and delicately suggestive: the best work of Gao's yet to appear in English translation."
The 2000 Nobel laureate's declaration "that his fiction does not set out to tell a story" is supported by the six tales in this first translated collection Read full book review >

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SOUL MOUNTAIN by Gao Xingjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2000

"It all eventually coheres into a vision of an inchoate, voracious culture from which any sentient soul might understandably recoil. A dramatically promising situation; one wishes it had been framed in a story."
Readers surprised by the recent news that obscure Chinese dissident expatriate Gao had won this year's Nobel Prize may still be seeking enlightenment even after they've finished this imperturbably meditative and leisurely 1989 "novel"—his first fiction translated into English. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"A provocative discussion of an opportunity missed, where inspired moral leadership by one of the greatest of Americans could have made a difference."
The entwined lives of two Revolutionary Era giants and another man who made a less well-known contribution to liberty. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A lucky survivor shares a rare look into China's deeply scarring communist system."
A grim, thoughtfully composed memoir by an artist and former Chinese academic who spent two decades on and off as a labor-camp prisoner of Mao's oppressive regime. Read full book review >