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Gao Xing•jianˈgaʊ ˈʃɪŋˈdʒyɑn(n.)

  1. born 1940, Chinese novelist, in France since 1987: Nobel prize 2000.

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  1. 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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