Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What are some of the key encounters of the protagonist of Gao Xingjian’s novel Soul Mountain, and how do they affect him?

Do you feel that the journey of the protagonist of Soul Mountain is successful, or not? Give reasons for your viewpoint.

According to One Man’s Bible, how did the Cultural Revolution affect the lives of the narrator and his friends and neighbors?

How would you characterize the relationship between the narrator of One Man’s Bible and the character of Margarethe? How is this relationship affected by the narrator’s past experiences?

Gao Xingjian has stated that his plays aim to overcome the barriers of language and realism. Looking at one of his plays, what are some means by which he attempts to reach this goal?

For one of his short stories, discuss Gao Xingjian’s formal experimentation with the concepts of characterization, narrative structure, and realistic storytelling.