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Chinese novelist and playwrightwd:Q18143
country of citizenship: People's Republic of China, France
native language: Chinese
language of expression: French, Chinese
educated at: Beijing Foreign Studies University
occupation: writer, painter, translator, novelist, playwright, literary critic, film director
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, honorary doctor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
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. His prose works tend to be less celebrated in China but are highly regarded elsewhere in Europe and the West.
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