Gao Xingjian

Gao Xingjian

Chinese novelist, short story writer, playwright and critic. Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000
If literature is to transcend political interference and return to being a testimony of man and his existential predicament, it needs first to break away from ideology. To be without "isms," is to return to the individual and to return to viewing the world through the eyes of the writer, an individual who relies on his own perceptions and does not act as a spokesman for the people. The people already have rulers and election campaigners speaking in their name.More Gao Xingjian quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Language is inherently not concerned with logic. As an expression of the psychological activities of humankind, it simply follows a linear process as it seeks actualisation. Moreover, it does not obey the objective concepts of time and space that belong to the physical world. When the discussion of time and space is imported into linguistic art from scientific aims and research methods, that linguistic art is entirely reduced to trifling pseudo-philosophical issues.More Gao Xingjian quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What is essential is whether it is perceived and not whether it exists. To exist and yet not to be perceived is the same as not exist.More Gao Xingjian quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The human species does not necessarily move in stages from progress to progress ... history and civilization do not advance in tandem. From the stagnation of Medieval Europe to the decline and chaos in recent times on the mainland of Asia and to the catastrophes of two world wars in the twentieth century, the methods of killing people became increasingly sophisticated. Scientific and technological progress certainly does not imply that humankind as a result becomes more civilized.More Gao Xingjian quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the snow outside my window I see a small green frog, one eye blinking and the other wide open, unmoving, looking at me . I know this is God.More Gao Xingjian quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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