GAO XINGJIAN, THE NOBEL PRIZE AND
There’s an innovative and reflective spirit in the hands of Gao Xingjian when he brought to life his plays. Paradoxical in nature, with touches of audacity and artistry, his plays display a certain amount of philosophy and ideology. There is much learning in it which contains comprehensive course of life that provides us lesson on truth and sincerity. It explores human values interspersing philosophical, moral and devotional elements.
These lines emanate his virtuosity in writing his plays…. I really love these lines which contains the irony of life and how he worded it vividly.
She can’t believe that she actually said it, she said something
that can’t be said, but she said it, clearly this can’t be said
but why did she have to say it? It ought not to be said it can’t be
said but she said it regardless, it’s her misfortune, it’s her
disaster, it’s her sin. Her sin, well, if she feels guilty then
she’s guilty. She’s afraid of this, afraid of that, afraid, afraid,
afraid, but she’s not afraid of her, not afraid of herself.
But what happens if she’s also afraid of herself?
Then wouldn’t she be not afraid?
His tone and writing style is mature, deep and thought-provoking shaded by his assured competence and impeccable taste. It really has a bold side. I believe that his works challenge his fellow writers to spread their wings in the literary field to represent Chinese culture and tradition. They are of striking interest and unforgettable plot. In summary, the plays reflect authenticity and irony which deserves a literary throne in Chinese Literature.
LIES AND MORE LIES FACT AND FICTION IN
GUNTER GRASS’S DIE RATTIN
The paradoxical use of lies as a means to gain access to the truth, which always also turns out to be another fabrication, manifests itself throughout the work. Absolute truth remains elusive. In each of the several stories, a lie or illusion is exposed, but that which is uncovered is not necessarily more genuine.
These are the thoughts that came flourishing in my mind when I read the analysis on Lies and More Lies… In essence, on a purely human level, people may love or hate me or may accept or reject a certain part of my personality but this is all what it entails coming to terms to be true to oneself. With this in mind, I decided to be willing to expose myself to criticisms and challenges just because of what I believe in. However, I question myself…. How do I know that I know what I know? Are they rival sets of facts or just my unredeemed illusions in life? Or what I know is something else entirely?
On the other hand, his frequent use of time stressing the past, present and future shapes his works verbal density enabling each word to attain fuller meaning. This is all what I can say about his theme on time. It is said that we live in a multi-dimensional reality wherein we are here living in the moment and other aspects of our beings are simultaneously existing in other dimensions at other time. This statement is so magnanimous and complex that many people will accept or reject this idea. But what is time, really? For me, time is passing of events. It happens freely, flows endlessly and slips away rapidly.
Time metamorphoses us but it cannot be measured, possessed and controlled and we cannot turn back time. Gunter uses time to explicate his point in writing his theme and message delivering a fine spirit of a true artist.
THEMES PREVALENT IN THE NOVELS OF V.S. NAIPAUL
I said earlier that everything about me is in my books. I will go further now. I will say I am the sum of my books. Each book intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out. Stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it. I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others.
His fictions are colored by all dark tints of luxurious imagination wherein he calculates intelligently the psychological effects to his readers. The development of his plot is well-handled and constitutes a deepening emotional overtones accentuated by powerfully-imaged setting.
Central themes of his other works are about patriotism, transformation and other social issues which always keep within the range of his knowledge and experience. There is an externalized kind of characterization where there is melodrama and occasional surprising touch of worldliness in his characters. Some characters could represent a hope for Africa. However, they are always controlled by a big man. This shows that Eastern people can never break the cage of Western culture and we are always manipulated and subjugated by Westerns.
Postcolonialism is definitely on the rise and colonial repression is the unyielding moral and ethical context of his literature. Having lived and being educated at both oriental and occidental countries, his themes run as deep and passionate that sublimate the alienation of being in a different place. He is indeed a genuine cross between Eastern and Western writer.
THE ESSAYISTIC TOUCH: SARAMAGO’S VERSION OF
BLINDNESS AND LUCIDITY
A Nobel winner who happens to be a Communist…. is unleashing his creative juices in his work about blindness and lucidity. People are always metaphorically blind and they often fail to perceive the world. As it is said, he is a visionary writer who symbolizes the blindness of the world. I am reminded of The Little Prince…..when I read the analysis. This tells us that what is essential is invisible to the eye…. Yes indeed.
Perceptive and marvelous, there is a philosophic masterpiece attached to Saramago’s creations. Highly-emotional in tone with touches of socio-political and spiritual factor is the distinct quality of his ideas.
That work is an eloquent testament of his greatness as a writer. That is because it constitutes lyric power and prophetic tone which transcends beyond time and space. His sharp sense of truth as well as the paradox of life is revealed in his writings. Thus, he is a writer of high substance who contributed much to the growing literature of his country.
THE ETHICAL LIMITATIONS OF HOLOCAUST
What is the point of revisiting the pain and agony of the past? Why is past so powerful that people’s memories are embedded all the time? Certainly, human brain cannot forget. But what is the ethical implications of revisiting the horror of the past which is Holocaust? Does it have impact young people who as surveyed that under the age of 35, most of them are ignorant about Holocaust? These are my questions when I read the article. I myself is very interested in Second World War especially Hitler’s rise to power.
Had it not been so, I would not write my Masteral thesis with the theme on Anne Frank as one example of Holocaust murder. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank depicts an episode in world history, both the degradation and nobility of human spirit. It describes the compelling impact of Anne Frank and the conditions of times she lived which offers fascinating commentary on nobility of spirit and hope equally so. She expresses them out fully which reflects that the Nazis could not take away her spirit.
Holocaust may become the fundamental course of study for thinkers and scholars worldwide in terms of literature. It expresses the human mind and heart which is full of scars and tears. Holocaust writers and producers may enchant the readers by casting spell of their unbounded imagination over us. In this sense, they inherit the true spirit of fascinating plot wherein it can get inside a character’s skin and sets us forth on their own terms.
COETZEE: ANALYSIS OF DISGRACE, WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS AND POSTMETAPHYSICAL LITERATURE
Coetzee’s works are exquisitely-written and virtually-impressive in a larger scale. Their universal theme emanates from their struggles as a nation setting us forth a distinctly Coetzee imprint. It is because the writer develops explicit connection with the readers through a unique narrative technique which is pin down to one single interpretation. The stories are arranged within another and the readers can participate in the events and empathize with the characters upon reading those materials. Truth be told, I am fed up with all those plots yet he is unique in attacking the plot.
He manipulates stories excellently creating a maximum interest for the readers. The plot and character proceed at a breathless pace and still delivers a delicate sensibility which is illuminated by its texts. Their works are engagingly-read which trace certain lines of manifold human experience and bring out spiritual side of man.
His stories show his unsurpassing skill in writing that brings out a different side of portraying a character in a story. In some inexplicable way, their themes seem curiously flooded with reality and cancer of society. Though diversified in form and just new in literary world, the prose and verse are wonderfully-single in inspiration. Hence, it excoriates an elegant, delicate, smooth sensitivity and a time-honored device within the bounds of literary canon. Hence, a one great writer he will always be who can influence many writers to develop a unique and original style in writing.