Of Mountains and Seas
A Tragicomedy of the Gods in Three Acts
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Of Mountains and Seas by Xingjian Gao
Book Description"Of Mountains and Seas" is one of the most spirited and fun-filled plays written by Gao Xingjian. Based on the ancient text "The Classic of Mountains and Seas (Shanhai jing)", the play re-enacts the classical world of Chinese mythology, traversing the creation of humans to the beginning of Chinese dynastic history. It is a world of magical powers and child-like wonderment, peopled with gods, ghosts, ghouls, and monsters.In employing song and dance, acrobatics and other Chinese folk art forms, the play carries on Gao Xingjian's search for a 'omnipotent theater' and a new form of modern Eastern drama. "Of Mountains and Seas" is also an attempt to construct a grand narrative of Chinese mythology, wrestling it back from the contaminations of ideology, politics and didacticism so as to restore its authenticity. With this innocence and purity of origin, Gao insists, the play offers a glimpse of the collective consciousness of the Chinese race and human nature in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789629963750
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: The Chinese University Press
Publisher: The Chinese University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: Hong Kong
Books By Author Xingjian Gao
City of the Dead and Ballade Nocturne, Hardback (April 2015)
City of the Dead and Ballade Nocturne are two plays by Gao Xingjian, the Nobel laureate, which create new modes of theatrical presentation by experimenting with prose and poetry. These two plays advance Gao's theatrical experiments in dramatic prose across linguistic and cultural boundaries.
Case for Literature, Paperback (August 2006)
These eight, brilliant essays from the Nobel prize-winning author of Soul Mountain, constitutes the kernel of Gao's thoughts on literature, and is translated by Sydney writer Mabel Lee.
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Contains six stories that deal with Gao's trademark themes of relationships, family, the political scene in China, and exploration of the self.
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Author Biography - Xingjian Gao
GAO XINGJIAN is the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Chinese to receive the award. Best-known for his novels and plays, he is a multitalented artist who also excels as stage director, painter, poet, photographer and literary theorist. GILBERT C. F. FONG is professor and reader at the Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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