Happy Birthday, Gao Xingjian, born 4 January 1940
- When you use words, you’re able to keep your mind alive. Writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.
- With the beginning of life, comes the thirst for truth, whereas the ability to lie is gradually acquired in the process of trying to stay alive.
- Experience has taught me that any kind of political grouping is oppressive. It’s the blind mass that crushes the individual.
- If you want to do anything, do it now, without compromise or concession, because you have only one life.
- It’s in literature that true life can be found. It’s under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.
Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. In 1998, Gao was granted French citizenship.
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