January 4, 1940 |
Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China
|Occupation||novelist, playwright, critic, translator, screenwriter, director, painter|
France (since 1998)
|Alma mater||Beijing Foreign Studies University|
|Notable awards||Nobel Prize in Literature
When you use words, you're able to keep your mind alive. Writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.
As a male writer, women are always what men pursue, and their world is always a mystery. So I always tried to present as many views as possible on women's worlds.
Experience has taught me that any kind of political grouping is oppressive. It's the blind mass that crushes the individual.
Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded starting point for literature.
Love is so holy, so confusing. It makes a man anxious, tormented. Love, how can I define it?
If you want to do anything, do it now, without compromise or concession, because you have only one life.
I don't want to be a strong hero who can save society. I just want to save myself.
In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write?
It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.