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Chinese Nobel winner told to rest
Gao Xingjian
Gao Xingjian won the Nobel prize in 2000
Nobel Literature laureate Gao Xingjian has been told to rest after suffering from exhaustion.

Doctors have told the exiled Chinese writer, who now lives in France, to take two months off following an operation.

Although no details of his medical treatment have been released it is known that his gruelling schedule has taken its toll.

Gao, 65, author of Soul Mountain and The Other Shore, won the Nobel prize in 2000 and has since been travelling the world.

"Gao Xingjian is suffering from extreme fatigue linked to the seven years he spent in re-education camps in China and considerable psychological wear linked to post-Nobel activities," said his spokesman, Salvatore Lombardo.

He added that doctors had ordered him to take complete rest for the next two months.

Gao was the first Chinese-born author to win the Nobel Literature prize.

His novels and plays have been banned in China since 1986


During the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976, Gao had to destroy all his early writing - a suitcase of manuscripts, several novels and about 15 plays.

He was then sent to a labour camp, also known as re-education centres, for "rehabilitation".

He moved to France in 1987 and became a French citizen.

"His 15 years of hidden exile in France suited him perfectly, he was not aspiring to become some kind of showbiz personality," Mr Lombardo said.

In the past year he has been working on a play, an opera and an art exhibition.

His latest book, One Man's Bible, was released in 2002.

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