GAO XINGJIAN QUOTES III

Chinese novelist & playwright (1940- )

I also was investigating doubts one has about language, suspicions about language and questions of what a novel is and what purpose the novel serves. To me it's not that interesting to simply use language to describe characters or to describe a plot or to describe circumstances. I decided that the actual calling of names, of pronouns, was a subject worthy of investigation in itself; pronouns became the plot. But I also realize that if you're trying to narrate something about pronouns, and that's your plot, you have to do it through language. The minute that you use language, you come to the question of who is speaking and who is narrating. So I realized that this brought me back to the starting point of characterization and plot, and I thought that using pronouns and titles was a way of leading readers into the story.

GAO XINGJIAN, "A Conversation with Gao Xingjian", Asia Society

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When he closed his eyes his mind began to roam, and only with his eyes closed did he not feel others watching and observing him. With his eyes closed, there was freedom and he could wander.

GAO XINGJIAN, One Man's Bible

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Literature is subservient to nothing but truth.

GAO XINGJIAN, "Literature as Testimony: The Search for Truth", Witness Literature: Proceedings of the Nobel Centennial Symposium

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This deep fathomless cavity created by nature was like a huge womb. In this dark natural cavern he was minute, like a single sperm, moreover an infertile sperm, roaming about happy and contented; this was a freedom that exists after release from lust.

GAO XINGJIAN, One Man's Bible

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