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Soul Mountain

(2000)
A novel by

 
 
In 1982 Chinese playwright, novelist and artist Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer, the very disease which had killed his father. For six weeks Gao inhabited a transcendental state of imminent death, treating himself to the finest foods he could afford while spending time reading in an old graveyard in the Beijing suburbs. But a secondary examination revealed there was no cancer - he had won a 'reprieve from death' and had been thrown back into the world of the living. Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing. He travelled first to the ancient forests of central China and from there to the east coast, passing through eight provinces and seven nature reserves, a journey of fifteen thousand kilometres over a period of five months. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Moutain. Interwoven into this picaresque journey are myriad stories and countless memorable characters - from venerable Daoist masters and Buddhist monks and nuns to mythical Wild Men; deadly Qichun snakes to farting buses. Conventions are challenged, preconceptions are thwarted and the human condition, with all its foibles and triumphs, is laid bare.

Genre: General Fiction

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December 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-06-621082-8 / 978-0-06-621082-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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August 2004 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-7322-8137-7 / 978-0-7322-8137-3 (Australia edition)
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-00-768038-4 / 978-0-00-768038-2 (UK edition)
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February 2003 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
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ISBN: 0-7322-6779-X / 978-0-7322-6779-7 (Australia edition)
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October 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-06-093623-1 / 978-0-06-093623-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-00-711923-2 / 978-0-00-711923-3 (UK edition)
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February 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-00-711922-4 / 978-0-00-711922-6 (UK edition)
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June 2000 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 0-7322-6651-3 / 978-0-7322-6651-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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April 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
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April 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 1-4025-4533-9 / 978-1-4025-4533-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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October 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Soul Mountain
Author(s): Gao Xingjian
Publisher: Flamingo
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Title: Soul Mountain
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