Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather: Stories by Gao Xingjian

By Gao Xingjian

Those six tales by way of Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian shipping the reader to moments the place the fragility of affection and existence, and the haunting strength of reminiscence, are fantastically unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiousness overshadows the delirious happiness of an time out along with his new spouse on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a guy narrowly escapes drowning within the sea, merely to discover that not anyone even spotted his absence. within the identify tale, the narrator makes an attempt to alleviate his homesickness in simple terms to discover that he's misplaced in a labyrinth of formative years thoughts. in all places during this assortment are strong mental graphics of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the unending presence of the prior of their current lives.

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Are they still playing volleyball? He is treading water. White-crested waves on the ink green sea. The surging waves surround him, but no fishing boats are at work. Turning his body, he is borne up by the waves. Up ahead on the gray-black sea is a dark spot, far in the distance. He drops down between the waves and can no longer see the surface of the sea. The sloping sea is black and shiny, smoother than satin. The cramp in his stomach gets worse. Lying on his back and floating on the water, he massages the hard spot on his abdomen until it hurts less.

Then it’s best not to listen. ” “I should bring your daughter a present. ” “I don’t want to talk about it. ” The young woman suddenly stands up. Someone is coming along the path, walking very quickly. ” It’s a youth carrying a canvas satchel. He doesn’t slow down and keeps walking. The young woman looks away. “It’s not the person she’s waiting for. ” The young woman sits down with her hands over her face, her hands are raised and seem to be covering her face, but it can’t be seen clearly. Birds are twittering.

He was trying to get himself killed. The horn was sounding and the bus had braked, yet the man wouldn’t give way. ” “The man was in the middle of the road and had a child with him. ” someone in the crowd says angrily. “What does it matter to drivers like him if they run over someone? ” This is said with derision. “What a tragedy. ” “Ai, life’s like that, a person can die just like that . ” The driver, sitting on his haunches with his head down, has covered his eyes with his cap. 51 B U Y I N G A F I S H I N G R O D F O R M Y G R A N D FAT H E R “He didn’t do it deliberately .

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