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Gao Xingjian

1940 - Today

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Gao Xingjian (高行健 in Chinese - born January 4, 1940) is a Chinese émigré and later French naturalized novelist, playwright, critic, painter, photographer, film director, and translator who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity." He is also a noted translator (particularly of Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco), screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter. Gao's drama is considered to be fundamentally absurdist in nature and avant-garde in his native China. Absolute Signal (1982) was a breakthrough in Chinese experimental theatre. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gao Xingjian has received more than 343,153 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Gao Xingjian is the 337th most popular writer (down from 299th in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from China (down from 57th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Writer.

Gao Xingjian is most famous for his Nobel Prize winning novel, "Soul Mountain."

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Among writers, Gao Xingjian ranks 337 out of 5,755Before him are Ali-Shir Nava'i, Michael Ende, Pierre Beaumarchais, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Louise Glück, and Gerhart Hauptmann. After him are Napoleon Hill, Philip Roth, Czesław Miłosz, Sayyid Qutb, Appian, and Friedrich Schlegel.

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Among people born in 1940, Gao Xingjian ranks 23Before him are Qaboos bin Said al Said, Joachim Gauck, J. M. Coetzee, Wangari Maathai, Martin Sheen, and Julie Christie. After him are Pina Bausch, Zodiac Killer, Giorgio Moroder, Abbas Kiarostami, Brian De Palma, and J. M. G. Le Clézio.

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In China

Among people born in China, Gao Xingjian ranks 69 out of 1,392Before him are Jiaqing Emperor (1760), Li Si (-280), Xiang Yu (-232), Han Fei (-280), Xuande Emperor (1399), and Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685). After him are Yu the Great (-2123), Chongzhen Emperor (1611), Jianwen Emperor (1377), Zhao Yun (168), Wang Mang (-45), and Jet Li (1963).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Gao Xingjian ranks 3Before him are Du Fu (712) and Lu Xun (1881). After him are Qu Yuan (-343), Wu Cheng'en (1500), Luo Guanzhong (1330), Wang Wei (699), Faxian (340), Mo Yan (1955), Bai Juyi (772), Kumārajīva (343), and Jin Yong (1924).