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In 1983, chinese language playwright, critic, fiction author, and painter Gao Xingjian used to be clinically determined with lung melanoma and confronted forthcoming death.But six weeks later, a moment exam printed there has been no cancer—he had received "a moment reprieve from death." confronted with a repressive cultural surroundings and the specter of a spell in a jail farm, Gao fled Beijing and started a trip of 15,000 kilometers into the distant mountains and old forests of Sichuan in southwest China. the results of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain.

Bold, lyrical, and prodigious, Soul Moutain probes the human soul with an unusual directness and candor and delights within the freedom of the mind's eye to extend the concept of the person self.

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