When author Gao Xingjian received a false diagnosis of lung cancer in the 1980s, he embarked on a soul-searching trek to southwestern China. His journey became the basis of the semiautobiographical “Soul Mountain,” which won the Nobel literature prize in 2000.
Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian spoke about his work and identity on Jan. 3 at the Westin Copley Hotel. Gao, the 2000 Nobel Prize winner for literature, launched his book “Aesthetics and Creation” at a reception welcoming him to Boston. He also spoke at two sessions for the 128th MLA conference held at the Hynes Convention Center.