Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian is amongst the most challenging writers of the present era. He has probed the dynamics of Chinese and European literature and developed unique strategies for the writing of seventeen plays, two novels, a collection of short stories and a collection of poems. He has also written two collections of criticism. In his eponymous book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation, which he has described as the key to understanding his ideas, he elaborates on how his creations embody a striving to plumb the self as a means to reach a deeper understanding of humanity in general. For him the writer or artist relies on impulses of the inner self, and is not hostage to politics, the collective, the market or any forces external to the self.
This book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Professor Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania).