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Kao Sing-ťien

Datum narození: 4. leden 1940

Kao Sing-ťien, čínsky v transkripci pinyin Gāo Xíngjiàn, v čínských znacích 高行健, je čínský v emigraci žijící romanopisec, dramatik a literární kritik, nositel Nobelovy ceny za literaturu v roce 2000. Kromě zmiňovaných činností překládá, především Becketta a Ionesca.

Citáty Kao Sing-ťien

„Literatura musí být nad politikou. Literatura neslouží politice ani morálním soudům a nesmí být omezena žádnou doktrínou.“

„Spisovatel není mluvčím lidu, ani vtělením spravedlnosti. Jeho hlas je sice slabý, ale v této slabosti je skutečná opravdovost. “

„You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories which are impossible to articulate. When you try to relate them, there are only sentences, the dregs left from the filter of linguistic structures.“ Soul Mountain

„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.“

„Young man, nature is not frightening, it's people who are frightening! You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly. This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he's capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man.“ Soul Mountain

„Only a lunatic would think that art is superior to nature.“ Soul Mountain

„I believe in science but I also believe in fate.“ Soul Mountain

„Men always look differently at women, even if it's not your intention it is wrongly interpreted as such.“ Soul Mountain

„Soul Mountain, the story of one man’s quest for inner peace and freedom.“ Soul Mountain

„Reality exists only through experience, and it must be personal experience. However, once related, even personal experience becomes a narrative.“ Soul Mountain

„It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.“

„When a man gets to middle age shouldn’t he look for a peaceful and stable existence, find a not-too-demanding sort of a job, stay in a mediocre position, become a husband and a father, set up a comfortable home, put money in the bank and add to it every month so there’ll be something for old age and a little left over for the next generation?“ Soul Mountain

„El hombre no puede deshacerse de esta máscara, es la proyección de su carne y de su alma. Se le pega a la piel, jamás podrá liberarse de ella, pero está sumido en un profundo asombro, como si no pudiera creer que se trate de sí mismo.
Esta imposibilidad de abandonar la máscara le causaba inmensos sufrimientos. Una vez que se la ha puesto, es imposible arrancársela, porque no tiene voluntad personal, o, si la tiene, no conoce el modo de expresarla y prefiere no mostrarla. La máscara deja así la impresión de un hombre que se contempla eternamente en el más profundo de los asombros.“
Soul Mountain

„Tú sabes que no hago nada más que hablarme a mí mismo para distraer mi soledad. Sabes que mi soledad es irremediable, nadie puede consolarme, no puedo recurrir a otro que a mí como interlocutor de mis discusiones.
En este largo monólogo, <> es el objeto de mi relato, en realidad es un yo que me escucha atentamente, <> no es más que me propia sombra.“
Soul Mountain

„You’ve lived in the city for a long time and need to feel that you have a hometown.“ Soul Mountain

„Although as an individual Gao had readily denounced the Chinese authorities for the events of 4 June in the French and Italian media, he refused to compromise his integrity as a writer. His stance angered both political sides.“ One Man's Bible

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