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Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather [Signed]


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ISBN 10: 0060575557 / ISBN 13: 9780060575557
Published by Harper Collins, New York, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Translated from the Chinese by Mabel Lee. First Edition (so stated), signed by the author on the title. Small, slim 8vo: [8],127,[1]pp. Publisher's faux vellum, spine lettered in scarlet, fore-edge untrimmed, strikingly illustrated dust jacket priced $17.95. Very Fine, unread copy, in Fine jacket with price-sticker remnant to bar code on back panel. Signed copies of English translations of Gao's books are uncommon. Gao won the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 2000, "for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity." In this collection of six short stories, written between 1983 and 1990, nothing happens, or does it? In "The Temple," the narrator, on his honeymoon, is mysteriously anxious despite being "deliriously happy." "In the Park" has two childhood friends meet after many years and then part once more. "Cramp" features a man, on the verge of drowning, barely survive, only to have no one notice he's been gone. "The Accident" portrays a cyclist being hit by a bus and the momentary reactions of pedestrians to the event. "In an Instant" traces the lives of three people on a typical day. Finally, in the title story, a man sees a fiberglass fishing rod in a store window and is reminded of the times he went fishing with his grandfather. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1525

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Title: Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather [...

Publisher: Harper Collins, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing.

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Novelist, playwright, essayist, and short-story writer Gao Xingjian is that rare breed of artist able to express himself with equal grace in almost any form of literature. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition of his astonishing talents. The collection Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather offers this author's own selection and arrangement of his shorter fiction.

Written between 1983 and 1990, these beautifully translated stories take as their themes the fragility of love and life, and the haunting power of memory. In "The Temple" the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiety overshadows the "delirious happiness" of an outing with his new wife on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp" a man narrowly escapes drowning in the sea, only to find that no one even noticed his absence. In "The Accident" a bus hits a cyclist and, as in stop-action film, the chaotic aftermath gives way to a calm, ordinary street corner with no trace of the previous drama. In the title story the narrator attempts to "unburden myself of homesickness" only to find himself lost in a labyrinth of childhood memories. Everywhere in this collection are powerful psychological portraits of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the never-ending presence of the past in their present lives.

Gao Xingjian has shown a mastery of the epic form in his novels Soul Mountain and One Man's Bible. In Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather, he brings the same passion and precision to the short story.

About the Author:

Gao Xingjian (whose name is pronounced gow shing-jen) is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in 1940 in Jiangxi province in eastern China, he has lived in France since 1987. Gao Xingjian is an artistic innovator, in both the visual arts and literature. He is that rare multitalented artist who excels as novelist, playwright, essayist, director, and painter. In addition to Soul Mountain and One Man's Bible, a book of his plays, The Other Shore, and a volume of his paintings, Return to Painting, have been published in the United States.

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