One Man's Bible: A Novel (Paperback)
One Man's Bible is a fictionalized account of Gao Xingjian's life under the Chinese Communist regime. Daily life is riddled with paranoia and fear, and government propaganda turns citizens against one another. It is a place where a single sentence spoken ten years earlier can make one an enemy of the state.
But One Man's Bible is also a profound meditation on the essence of writing, on exile, on the effects of political oppression on the human spirit, and on how the human spirit can triumph.
“Unforgettable … One Man’s Bible burns with a powerfully individualistic fire of intelligence and depth of feeling.”
“Perhaps the most powerful thing Gao has ever written.”
“[Gao] paints a stark, unforgiving picture of the results of Mao’s regime and of the Cultural Revolution.”
“Dreamlike …. elegant and haunting.”
“A remarkable achievement.”
“450 brilliant pages of reflection, self-reflection and redemption.”
“Conveys that profound sense of dislocation human beings can sometimes feel, when looks back on one’s own life.”