Christopher Merrill on China's Nobel Prize-winning author
THE CASE FOR LITERATURE.
By Gao Xingjian. Translated by Mabel Lee. Yale Univ. Press. 181 pp. $25
When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded in 2000 to Gao Xingjian, the first Chinese writer to receive this honor, not everyone in China was pleased. Gao had lived in exile in Paris since 1987, precariously surviving on sales of his paintings, and many Chinese...