Gao Xingjian is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in 1940 in Jiangxi Province in eastern China, he studied in state schools, earned a university degree in French in Beijing, and embarked on a life of letters. Choosing exile in 1987, he settled in Paris, where he completed Soul Mountain two years later. In 1992 he was named a Chevalier de I'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He is a playwright and painter as well as a fiction writer and critic Mabel Lee, Ph.D., has been a professor of Asian studies at the University of Sydney. Dr. Lee is one of Australia's leading authorities on Chinese cultural affairsXingjian, Gao is the author of 'Buying A Fishing Rod For My Grandfather Stories', published 2005 under ISBN 9780060575564 and ISBN 0060575565.