Snow in August is based on the life of Huineng (AD 633-713), the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism in Tang Dynasty China. Packed with the myriad sights and sounds of both the Eastern and Western theatrical traditions, the play exudes wonder and mysticism. The many koan cases and the story of Huineng's enlightenment afford the audience fascinating vignettes of Gao's vision of life and existencean awareness of the Void and the need for a personal peace with oneself.
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Used availability for Gao Xingjian's Snow in August
March 2003 : Hardback
September 2004 : Paperback
June 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition