Gao Xingjian
Gao Xingjian

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Name: Gao Xingjian
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 4, 1940
Age: 82
Country: China
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Gao Xingjian

Gao Xingjian was born on January 4, 1940 in China (82 years old). Gao Xingjian is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Find out Gao Xingjiannet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.

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Before Fame

He began attending the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1957.

Biography Timeline


Born in Ganzhou, Jiangxi, during wartime China in 1940 (Gao's original paternal ancestral home town is in Taizhou, Jiangsu with his maternal roots from Zhejiang), his family returned to Nanjing with him following the aftermath of World War II. He has been a French citizen since 1998. In 1992 he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.


In 1950, his family moved to Nanjing. In 1952, Gao entered the Nanjing Number 10 Middle School (later renamed Jinling High School) which was the Middle School attached to Nanjing University.


In 1957 Gao graduated, and, following his mother's advice, chose Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) instead of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, although he was thought to be talented in art.


In 1962 Gao graduated from the Department of French, BFSU, and then he worked for the Chinese International Bookstore (中國國際書店). During the 1970s, because of the Down to the Countryside Movement, he was persecuted as a public intellectual, forced to destroy his early writings, and was sent to the countryside to do hard labor in Anhui Province for six years. He taught as a Chinese teacher in Gangkou Middle School, Ningguo county, Anhui Province for a short time. In 1975, he was allowed to go back to Beijing and became the group leader of French translation for the magazine China Reconstructs (《中國建設》).


In 1977 Gao worked for the Committee of Foreign Relationship, Chinese Association of Writers. In May 1979, he visited Paris with a group of Chinese writers including Ba Jin. In 1980, Gao became a screenwriter and playwright for the Beijing People's Art Theatre.


Gao first saw success and gained critical recognition with the publication of his novella Hanye zhong de xingchen (1980; "Stars on a Cold Night"). He became a resident playwright with the Beijing People's Art Theatre in 1981, and in 1982 he wrote his first play. His most celebrated play, the absurd drama Chezhan (1983; Bus Stop) incorporated various European techniques from European Theater. It was openly condemned by Communist Party officials. In 1986 his play The Other Shore was banned and since then none of his other plays have been performed on the mainland.


In 1986 Gao was misdiagnosed with lung cancer, and he began a 10-month trek along the Yangtze, which resulted in his novel Soul Mountain (《靈山》). The part-memoir, part-novel, first published in Taipei in 1990 and in English in 2000 by HarperCollins Australia, mixes literary genres and utilizes shifting narrative voices. It has been specially cited by the Swedish Nobel committee as "one of those singular literary creations that seem impossible to compare with anything but themselves." The book details his travels from Sichuan province to the coast, and life among Chinese minorities such as the Qiang, Miao, and Yi peoples on the fringes of Han Chinese civilization.


Before 2000, a dozen Chinese writers and scholars already predicted Gao's winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, including Hu Yaoheng (Chinese: 胡耀恒) Pan Jun (潘军) as early as 1999.

Family Life

Gao's father was a clerk in the Bank of China, and his mother was an actress.

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