WRITER

Gao Xingjian

1940 - Today

Gao Xingjian

Gao Xingjian (高行健 in Chinese - born January 4, 1940) is a Chinese émigré 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. In 1998, Gao was granted French citizenship. Gao's drama is considered to be fundamentally absurdist in nature and avant-garde in his native China. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gao Xingjian has received more than 236,113 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 288th most popular writer.

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  • 240k

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  • 69.43

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  • 84

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.42

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.66

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Gao Xingjian ranks 286 out of 4,883Before him are Luigi Pirandello, Christine de Pizan, Pär Lagerkvist, Bartolomé de las Casas, François Mauriac, and Marguerite de Navarre. After him are Mario Puzo, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Marguerite Duras, Beatrix Potter, Michael Ende, and Italo Calvino.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1940, Gao Xingjian ranks 14Before him are Nursultan Nazarbayev, Carlos Slim, Muhammad Yunus, Constantine II of Greece, Frank Zappa, and Qaboos bin Said al Said. After him are Wangari Maathai, J. M. Coetzee, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Saparmurat Niyazov, Michael Gambon, and Michel Temer.

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In China

Among people born in China, Gao Xingjian ranks 58 out of 921Before him are Cao Pi (187), Yuan Shikai (1859), Zhao Yun (168), Xiang Yu (-232), Emperor Yao (-2324), and Zhang Fei (167). After him are Temür Khan (1265), Han Fei (-280), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Chongzhen Emperor (1611), and Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685).

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), Mo Yan (1955), Wang Wei (699), Kumārajīva (343), Bai Juyi (772), Jin Yong (1924), and Su Shi (1037).

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