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Gao Xingjian plans visit to Taiwan for literature seminars


The Chinese novelist and playwright Gao Xingjian (高行健), who won the Nobel Prize for literature last year, will arrive in Taipei on Feb. 1 for a two-week visit.

Lung Ying-tai (龍應台), director of Taipei's Cultural Affairs Bureau who invited Gao to visit Taiwan, said that Gao has confirmed his schedule during his stay in Taiwan as a "writer stationed in Taipei."

Lung noted that Gao will mainly meet with literary friends during his stay, but he will also deliver three public speeches and attend several seminars to share ideas with his readers.

Lung said Gao has said that he wants to have a lot of personal time and does not want to be put in the spotlight during his whole visit, adding that the bureau will respect his wishes.

Gao will give two speeches in Taipei titled "My Views on the Prospects for Chinese Literature" and "My Pursuit -- the Road to Writing," and also another speech in Tainan titled Creativity and Aesthetics.

Gao will also meet with President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Council for Cultural Affairs (文化建設委員會) Chairwoman Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), and Taipei City Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) during his trip to Taiwan.

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