Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather

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Written between 1983 and 1990, these 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 comer 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.


Book details

  • Hardcover
  • 127 pages
  • English
  • 0060575557
  • 9780060575557

About Gao Xingjian

gao xingjian is a chinese-born novelist, playwright, critic, and painter. an émigré to france since 1987, gao was granted french citizenship Read More about Gao Xingjian
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