For readers interested in a critical approach based on the socio-political background and characteristics of Gao Xingjian’s early fiction and, in particular,
《給我老爺買魚竿》 the original Chinese-language collection of short-stories, five of which were published in English in the volume “Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather".

The 1996 University of Sydney first-class honours thesis by Deborah Sauviat: “The Challenge to the ‘Official Discourse’ in Gao Xingjian’s early fiction" is freely obtainable in pdf format at the following address :