Gao Xingjian

1940 - Today

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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. 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 315,737 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 84 in 2019). Gao Xingjian is the 299th most popular writer (down from 286th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from China (up from 58th 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 299 out of 5,794Before him are J. K. Rowling, Martial, Mikhail Lermontov, Lucan, Jack Kerouac, and Ernst Jünger. After him are Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Alberto Moravia, Gerhart Hauptmann, Carl Spitteler, Appian, and Luís de Camões.

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Among people born in 1940, Gao Xingjian ranks 19Before him are Nursultan Nazarbayev, Frank Zappa, Saparmurat Niyazov, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Wangari Maathai, and Pina Bausch. After him are Michel Temer, J. M. Coetzee, Brian De Palma, Joachim Gauck, Martin Sheen, and John Hurt.

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In China

Among people born in China, Gao Xingjian ranks 57 out of 1,186Before him are Cao Pi (187), Zhao Yun (168), Xiang Yu (-232), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Jiaqing Emperor (1760), and Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566). After him are Guangxu Emperor (1871), Padmasambhava (717), Zhang Fei (167), Emperor Yao (-2324), Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), and Wanli Emperor (1563).

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), Bai Juyi (772), Kumārajīva (343), Jin Yong (1924), and Zhang Sanfeng (1200).