By Gao Xingjian
Those six tales through Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian delivery the reader to moments the place the fragility of affection and existence, and the haunting energy of reminiscence, are superbly unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious nervousness 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 nobody 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 adolescence thoughts. all over the place during this assortment are strong mental snap shots of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the unending presence of the earlier of their current lives.
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Some cyclists are still wearing short gray cotton coats, although on the pavements there are already young women in pale blue spring clothes. There are endless streams of cyclists and pedestrians, but it isn’t at a time when everyone is ﬁnishing work and trafﬁc congestion is at its worst. However, inevitably there are people who are ﬁnishing work early, as inevitably there are people on work leave, so there are busy and idle people coming and going on the street. At this time of day it’s always like this.
His feet have kicked something! He panics, and feels a spasm in his stomach—sharp and painful. He gently moves his legs; there are stinging circles on his ankles. He has run into the tentacles of a jellyﬁsh and he sees the gray-white creature, like an open umbrella, with thin ﬂoating membranous lips. 38 Cramp He is perfectly capable of grabbing it and pulling out its mouth and its tentacles. Over the past few days he has learned from the children living here by the sea how to catch and preserve jellyﬁsh.
You don’t understand how other people feel. ” “Are we going to say good-bye just like that? I’ve already invited you to come for dinner tomorrow. ” “I think it would be best if I didn’t come. ” 30 In the Park In the darkness, the sound of weeping becomes more distinct. Intermittently, stiﬂed sobs mingle with the sound of leaves trembling in the evening breeze. ” “Neither of us is to blame. The mistakes of that era are to blame. ” “Maybe with the passing of more time . ” The two of them stand up.
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