One Man's Bible

One Man s Bible The Barnes Noble ReviewLike another Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Gao Xingjian China s leading novelist and playwright mixes autobiographical details with fictional techniques to creat

  • Title: One Man's Bible
  • Author: Gao Xingjian Mabel Lee
  • ISBN: 9780060936266
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • One Man's Bible

    The Barnes Noble ReviewLike another Nobel Prize winner, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gao Xingjian, China s leading novelist and playwright, mixes autobiographical details with fictional techniques to create indelible portraits of daily life under a harsh, dehumanizing political regime In One Man s Bible, Gao gives us a profound meditation on a life marked by personal andThe Barnes Noble ReviewLike another Nobel Prize winner, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gao Xingjian, China s leading novelist and playwright, mixes autobiographical details with fictional techniques to create indelible portraits of daily life under a harsh, dehumanizing political regime In One Man s Bible, Gao gives us a profound meditation on a life marked by personal and political trauma The nameless narrator of the novel which begins in contemporary Hong Kong is clearly Gao himself In the intimate aftermath of a sexual encounter, Gao revisits the central moments of his life, traveling, in memory, to the Beijing of his childhood, a childhood scarred at the age of ten by his mother s accidental drowning From emblematic moments like this, Gao s memory ranges across time and space, gradually illuminating the nature of life before, during, and after China s disastrous Cultural Revolution Gao Xingjian is one of the most eloquent, authoritative voices of 20th century China, and his personal, political, and aesthetic musings shine a light on a world that very few Westerners have ever truly understood Ultimately, through his honesty and his artistry, Gao locates the common ground connecting us all in this memorable, universal novel about the perplexities of being human Bill Sheehan

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    1. Samadrita

      As I sit at my desk typing this out, there's a man thousands of miles away locked up somewhere in the darkest recesses of China's prison system, silently keeping tabs on the days that morph into months and the months that morph into years. His name is Liu Xiaobo and it has been 4 years since he has ceased to be a free man, sentenced to an 11-year term because he dared to have an opinion of his own.And while reading this harrowing autobiographical novel, my thoughts were with Liu and the other an [...]

    2. Daniel Chaikin

      55. One Man's Bible by Gao Xingjianpublished: 1999format: 450 page Hardcoveracquired: 2003 from a 75% Off Books (do they still exist?)read: Dec 14-24rating: 4Another dusty book on the shelf, this one has been hanging around for some 14 years with my eye on it, but with my never having any clue what it contained. After reading a few pages, I looked up a few reviews and found some really critical, especially in comparison to Soul Mountain (which led to his Nobel prize). These negative reviews were [...]

    3. Meredith

      I have read quite a bit of Chinese and Chinese-American fiction involving Mao Tse-tung, but none has driven home the cruelties and absurdities of the Cultural Revolution better than Gao Xingjian's dreamlike narrative. His two conflicting personalities--one entrenched in Cultural Revolution intrigue and the other reflecting upon it years later--hash it out in the second- and third-person points of view. This novel showcases absolute power corrupting absolutely and unveils an era during which anyt [...]

    4. Lisa

      I can't say that I enjoyed this book but it did make me more aware of what it must be like to live under a totalitarian state. In Stasiland by Anna Funder Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, Funder is the narrator, an outsider viewing with shock, amusement, compassion or disbelief, but even an author as perceptive as she is cannot convey what it is like to be subject to the intellectual confusion it occasions.Xingjian does. His narration seems first hand, written with a sense of imme [...]

    5. Lenore Beadsman64

      l'uomo cinese è un uomo solollissima introspezione senza censure del pensiero di un uomo che, ovunque sia e con chiunque si accompagni, è sempre solo e lo sarà comunqueè difficile spiegare a chi non è cinese cosa vuol dire vivere in Cina, forse solo un abitante dell'Unione sovietica sotto il terrore staliniano potrebbe capiresono molti gli episodi che lui, l'uomo senza nome che narra la sua storia, racconta a Margarethe e tutti i suoi racconti vengono interrotti da una sola parola: perchè? [...]

    6. Nick Wellings

      3.7 stars. Semi-fictionalised memoir, which seems to be Gao's modus operandi. The last pages are good, where narrator says he is finally at peace with life. But God, how utterly terrifying the events he relates to us, caught in the whirlwind of Cultural Revolution. State condoned paranoia and madness and illimitable suffering. To be at peace after such personal hardship as we read here is no mean feat.As with Soul Mountain, two main characters 'you' and 'he' are really Gao himself. A very succes [...]

    7. Eliana Rivero

      Reading Challenge Pop Sugar 201731. Un libro cuyo personaje principal sea de diferente etnia que tú El libro de un hombre solo es una novela contada a dos tiempos y, si me fijé bien, contada igualmente por dos voces que parecen ser el mismo hombre. El pasado y el presente se mezclan en la historia de este escritor, chino, que vive, por lo que se supone, en el exilio. El pasado nos muestra la vida en China, la revolución cultural de Mao y las atrocidades cometidas hacia la población del país [...]

    8. Pablo

      Me cuesta realizar una crítica de este libro. Es un relato muy personal, envuelto en momentos históricos muy importantes. Puedo destacar las grandes reflexiones que bordean lo filosófico y poético. Como también el realismo y crudeza al momento de relatar lo que fue y es la China comunista.

    9. Julio Cesar Cesar

      Relata la historia de un escritor expatriado victima de la persecucion politica en la "revolucion cultural" de China.Incitado por Margarita(editora alemana victima de violacion a los 13)busca en los recovecos de su memoria memorias olvidadas y pasajes reprimidos de su historia en un intento por crear un vinculo sentimental independiente del acto sexual con una mujer.En su narrativa las motivaciones,razonmientos y sentimientos de los personajes quedan muy claras,son casi transparentes por lo cual [...]

    10. Pere

      Un escritor chino, exiliado en París, reflexiona sobre su pasado en los años de la revolución cultural china. Un juicio en el que nada queda fuera y se expone con detalle la cruda realidad de un régimen denigratorio y brutal.Una drama histórico novelado en el que se produce un intenso diálogo a tres niveles entre el “YO” protagonista escritor exiliado y liberado de su pasado que lo observa todo desde la distancia; Un “TÚ” protagonista intelectual, que no es otro que el “yo” qu [...]

    11. Conrado

      No planeo ni una suerte de análisis mayor de la obra, pero me siento en la obligación de hacer notar su calidad artística.Gao Xingjian es un autor que me atrae a la vez que me presenta algunos serios problemas estéticos. Modernista de inspiración (sus dramas pertenecen al teatro del absurdo y es, a su vez, el traductor de Beckett al chino) esperaría ponerle fácilmente un par de etiquetas. Pero en cambio me encuentro con una visión —tal vez— más real de la vida, pero no una extrema q [...]

    12. Joe

      For capturing the essence of memory and it's unstructured way of surfacing this book was great. As for being a Noble price winner i dont agree. The rambling in between the actual story left me not perplexed about the essential meaning of life or politics. It just left me fatigued and eager to be done with the book. I don't now have any view of China during or post Cultural Revolution. i merely have a character whose view of women is demeaning and stereotypical insecure and contradictory. Whose o [...]

    13. Patyta

      «Debes recuperar la calma, mirar ese mundo y a ti mismo con serenidad. El mundo es así y continuará igual. Un hombre solo es realmente poca cosa, lo único que puede hacer es expresarse, nada más.»Patético, lúcido y extrañamente familiar; vívida y profunda reflexión sobre el propio ser, su dignidad y busca de libertad. A través de los recuerdos, miedos, sueños y deseos del Hombre Solo, logramos junto a él pasar del recelo a la desesperación, de la ingenua esperanza al vacío existe [...]

    14. Caro_Cédric

      Poignant!! La structure narrative décousue (au rythme des souvenirs du narrateur) renforce encore ce récit magnifique.

    15. Sam Romilly

      I gave up on this one. The description of the horrors of the cultural revolution were moving without doubt. What let it down was the none stop descriptions of various love affairs and continually sexual encounters. Cynically one could feel this was felt needed to capture a wider audience.

    16. Aitor fernandez

      Libro muy recomendable para empezar a hacernos una idea de lo que supuso la revolución cultural en China.El único refugio posible: tu propia mente. Todo lo demás, horror.

    17. Teresa

      I was torn between giving this 3 stars, but just couldn't. Once again I am mystified at the Noble Prize for this author - hopefully his plays which he is most noted for is the reason for the award or may be the committee just needed a Chinese writer to make the awards look more balanced and Gao was the only one they could find that was being published in the West. Not sure if it was his intention or if it was a poor translation which made the narrative shift in tense and point of view. The novel [...]

    18. Max

      To give this book less than four stars would be a travesty in my mind – I was all set to give it less earlier on because the translated writing is so raw, so almost devoid of feeling in the presence of so much hatred, pain and suffering. But then I realised, especially after reading several Chinese authors recently, that this is the outpouring of a Chinese man beaten into submission by repressive regimes and ever-changing Party doctrine – a man who has had much of his ability to feel taken a [...]

    19. Stephen Durrant

      The narrator of Gao Xinjian's "One Man's Bible" survives the political chaos of China's Cultural Revolution to win a solitary but much-cherished freedom in the West. But through all the turmoil there is consistency of character: he stays aloof from "isms" and finds real meaning largely through literary and sexual expression, both intense experiences of the present where memory of the past is either absorbed into the the moment or pushed aside altogether. In one of the best sections of this book, [...]

    20. Haleth

      Romanzo autobiografico. L'autore, Nobel per la letteratura nel 2000 con La montagna dell'anima, narra in forma romanzata la sua vita in Cina durante la Rivoluzione Culturale e le esperienze successive, fino all'espatrio. L'esposizione delle vicende segue il riaffiorare dei ricordi del protagonista, e non l'ordine cronologico degli avvenimenti. Una volta fatta l'abitudine allo stile volutamente scarno, la narrazione è abbastanza godibile. Un po' troppe pippe mentali del genere astratto, per i mi [...]

    21. Marie

      Čeho všeho je člověk schopen - ve jménu ideologie - o tom je tahle kniha. O lidské touze a vůli přežít a zachovat si aspoň trochu lidské důstojnosti a smyslu pro krásu - i to je takhle kniha. Gao je malíř - a na jeho psaní je to poznat. Malíř, který vládne bravurně jazykem - máte u něj pocit, že každé slovo, každá věta je tisíckrát promyšlena , slovní veteš je nemilosrdně odstraněna a zůstanou jen slova - tahy štětce - která dotvářejí obraz. Obraz doby [...]

    22. Hubert

      Morbidly gripping. Set during China's cultural revolution, the novel is touted as a "fictional autobiography." The narrator is highly removed from any sense of sentimentality, yet you, the reader, keep reading on. The term page-turner usually refers to some light plot-driven fluff, but here I was flipping pages as one can't avert his eyes from a train wreck.Gao recreates a world full of neurosis, mistrust, and paranoia, describing interpersonal relationships that are doomed to fail (and never ha [...]

    23. theresa Younce

      I read this book about a year ago. I was conflicted about it. But now having read the other Chinese books, I plan to read this again. It is not easy to read since it is translated from the Chinese and is somewhat "stream of conscious" writing. But it really really gives a picture of China during the time of Mao and the Cultural Revolution. It was mind boggling to read about the fast changes of allegiances during this time. One month you are part of the "in group" with the government and then sud [...]

    24. Ashley

      My first posting was as follows:So far, I'm not highly impressed but I'm only 50 pages in. Got up with amazing amounts of energy yesterday at 4:25am, and so I grabbed this off my shelf as I didn't want to turn on the lights in our bedroom to find Ovid, cuz then Nick would wake up. The author did win the Nobel prize, so he's not a bad writer's just not grabbing me yet. Waiting to be sucked inAnd now, here's my final review:Okay, this wasn't my favorite book. Never sucked me in, never felt compass [...]

    25. Robert Drozda

      Gao Xingjian je horňák. Knihou nemihne se ženská postava bez ňaderného komentáře. Zvláštní autorův styl, kdy kolísá vyprávěním mezi ty/on je zajímavý, ale pro mě ne příliš do knihy a děje vtahující. Nimrání se v sobě a vůbec analýza myšlenková pocitová. Útěk k erotice, což v prudérní Číně šedesátých let obnášelo nemalá rizika a spousty nejistot. Řízené šílenství kulturní revoluce, Orwell v praxi. Nikoliv profláklý "velký bratr", to bych a [...]

    26. Iñaki Tofiño

      Dos voces, la del dramaturgo exiliado en Francia que viaja por el mundo (Hong Kong, Australia, sur de Francia, Barcelona) y la del joven funcionario arrastrado por la locura colectiva de la Revolución Cultural que le lleva de Pekín a una aldea al sur de la China, y una misma persona, el hombre solo, aquél que descubre la vacuidad de las ideologías y las religiones y busca en sus amantes una temporal conexión con otros seres humanos.Sin concesiones, sin sentimentalismos, sin ambages. ¿Una h [...]

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