• book

From the Publisher

In 1983, Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death.But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer—he had won "a second reprieve from death." Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of 15,000 kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain.

Bold, lyrical, and prodigious, Soul Moutain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor and delights in the freedom of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061752568
List price: $10.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Soul Mountain
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

Fortune
1 min read
Politics

Free Trade Can’t Get a Break

FOR NEARLY three quarters of a century, the U.S. led the charge for global free trade, while developing countries like Japan and China pursued a more protectionist path. Now, in an odd role reversal, President Trump is vowing to put America first, while China’s Xi Jinping has said he wants to pick up the torch to lead globalization. How will that play out? That was Fortune’s question to one of the pioneers of globalization, FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith. He was a spotlight guest at a dinner in New York on March 13 in the run-up to the Fortune Global Forum, which will assemble the world’s t
Bloomberg Businessweek
5 min read
Politics

How Do You Say Déjà Vu in Chinese?

China and Japan may seem to inhabit alternative economic universes. After more than two decades of stagnation, Japan is a fading global power that can’t seem to revive its fortunes no matter what unorthodox gimmicks it tries. By contrast, China’s ascent to superpower status appears relentless as it gains wealth, technology, and ambition. Yet these Asian neighbors have a lot in common, and that doesn’t bode well for China’s economic future. The sad case of Japan should serve as a cautionary tale for China’s policymakers. Beijing pursued almost identical economic policies to Tokyo’s to generate
NPR
3 min read
Politics

Chinese Student's Commencement Speech In U.S. Isn't Going Over Well In China

A Chinese student who praised the "fresh air of free speech" in the U.S. during her commencement address at the University of Maryland is facing an online backlash from classmates and from people in China who say she insulted her own country. Shuping Yang, who graduated with a double-major in psychology and theater, is from the city of Kunming in southwest China. As she prepared to speak on Sunday, her mother waved a bouquet of flowers at her from the audience. China has nearly 330,000 students in the U.S., far and away the largest contingent of any country. Yang's speech is one of a number of