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Snow in August [Hardcover]

By Xingjian Gao & Gilbert C. F. Fong (Translator)
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This is a new play by Gao Xingjian, the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. The story is based on the life of the legendary Huineng (AD 633-713), the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism in Tang Dynasty China. It represents a change in direction on the part of the playwright -a return to a Chinese theme after years of writing on "universal" subject matters. In this play, Gao finds a soul-mate in Huineng, a marginal figure in the society of his time, who defies established thinking and conventions and challenges even the emperor in refusing to serve the imperial court.

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Studio: The Chinese University Press
Pages   100
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2003
Publisher   The Chinese University Press
ISBN  9629960680  
ISBN13  9789629960681  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gao Xingjian (whose name is pronounced gow shing-jen) is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in 1940 in Jiangxi province in eastern China, he has lived in France since 1987. Gao Xingjian is an artistic innovator, in both the visual arts and literature. He is that rare multitalented artist who excels as novelist, playwright, essayist, director, and painter. In addition to "Soul Mountain and "One Man's Bible, a book of his plays, "The Other Shore, and a volume of his paintings, "Return to Painting, have been published in the United States.

Gao Xingjian was born in 1940.

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An Eastern Wind  Dec 24, 2006
Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian's play "Snow in August" is borne by an Eastern wind, quite different from what Western audiences would expect to see for a night in the theatre. The scholarly introduction traces Xingjian's influences from Meyerhold, Artaud & Brecht and points out similarities and differences. With more than 30 characters and much of the script sung, it would be a challenge to stage. Rather than having a traditional story, we see more of a philosophical development. To describe what happens, a monk named Huineng becomes a major Buddhist leader before his death at the end of Act II. Act III follows up and communicates that life continues with its joys and disappointments. I enjoyed reading the play because it was quite different. Xingjian creates excellent tension with many of his crowd scenes and short staccato dialogue contrasted with flowing spiritually flavored speeches. Not knowing the music, it is harder to interpret the impact of the singing from just reading the page. All in all, this is an interesting reading experience that makes me want to become familiar with more of the playwright's work. Enjoy!

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