Of Mountains and Seas: A Tragicomedy of the Gods in Three Acts

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Of Mountains and Seas is a fictional play that weaves together legendary characters from the classic Chinese text, Shanhaijing. The well-known mythical characters are presented as ordinary individuals who, despite their divine powers, struggle with the misadventures and emotional consequences of life. The gods appear innocent and childish, comically mixing up traditional social roles and behavior. Gao Xingjian infuses his play with his trademark unconventionality and esthetic flair, indulging in a considerable amount of inventive and open staging that allows directors to add their own creative stamp. The spectacular, eccentric characters make this play a colorful dramatic experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629963750
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/20/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gao Xingjian is the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Literature, the first time the prize had been awarded for a body of works written in Chinese.

Gilbert C. F. Fong is a [rofessor in the Department of Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and heads several research projects, including the history of Hong Kong drama, movie and television subtitling, Gao Xingjian, and translated drama. An acclaimed translator, he translated many plays by Gao Xingjian, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature, into English. He also translated into Chinese Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Jean Genet's Haute Surveillance, Dale Wasserman's Man of La Mancha, and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

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